Authorial Style: Truth or Bluff? (LA)


Creative digital project that addresses students’ understanding of an author’s use of language and sentence structure.


The Project: We all recognize that there is value in attempting to write in the style of a celebrated author. It’s only when we try to write like Nathaniel Hawthorne that we become deeply aware of how his sentences often flow like elaborately constructed fish ladders; or that his meaning often only begins with his subject, and then takes off into allegorical stratospheres. But writing in the style of an author can often be an exercise in eating spinach: we know that it is good for the student, but it’s rarely a pleasant experience…unless we can make a game of it.