Mitchell S. Jackson: Echoes in Prose—Repetition as Craft and Philosophy (One-Day Bootcamp)

Meets: Saturday, One Day Bootcamp

Date: April 22


Time: 1-5:30pm


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Members: $110

Nonmembers: $150


“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” famously wrote Gertrude Stein. Stein is just one of the many writers who employed repetition to myriad memorable effects in her writing. But is repetition simply repeating a word or a phrase or a sentence or a structural element? In our session, we will examine repetition as both a philosophical and craft approach. Our examination will include types of repetition including listing, recursion, and consecution. We will discuss the essential role that repetition plays in creating an eloquent voice, as well as how it can inform the structure and organization of what we write.  We will read excerpts of writers whose work evidences some of the many ways repetition can be employed to achieve a kind of sublimity. We will also engage in writing exercises meant to assist you in exploring the key concepts and generating new material.


Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years won the Ernest Gaines Prize for literary excellence. It was also a finalist for the PEN / Hemingway Award, The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize, and the Hurston Wright Legacy award. Jackson has been awarded fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf, The Center For Fiction, and TED talks. He serves on the faculty at New York University and Columbia University.