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Mathematics of Literature
Grades: 6 - 8

The Haiku form of poetry has a mathematically precise formula: 3 lines with the each line having 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively. The sestina form of poetry has a structure of 39 lines consisting of six stanzas of 6 lines each, followed by an ending 3-line stanza.

In this workshop students will create their own mathematical rules or formulas to come up with structures for poems and short stories. Along the way, they will learn about interesting number sequences (such as the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden Ratio, and prime number sequence) and how to use these number sequences as parameters for their writing.

 
Mentor

Penny Perkins

Penny is a writer and filmmaker. She makes a living as a communications professional in the software industry. She is the author of the science fiction novel Bob Bridges: An Apocalyptic Fable and several feature-length screenplays.

Penny's workshops are endowed by the Whiteside-Ehlert Memorial Writing Series

For suggestions or questions please email Lborock@Rinstitute.org
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