An Afternoon Craft Conversation with Jamil Jan Kochai

Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"The Sentence" by Jamil Jan Kochai

The novelist Thomas Berger once suggested that the sentence was “the cell beyond which the life of the book cannot be traced, a novel being a structure of such cells.” Continuing this line of thought, one might argue that a great novel is built upon great sentences. In this craft talk, we will be thinking through the techniques and theories discussed in Brooks Landon’s Building Great Sentences in order to determine what elements make a great sentence, and how particular sentences are fashioned by writers like Patrick Chamoiseau, Sandra Cisneros, and Annie Proulx. 


Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of 99 Nights in Logar (Viking, 2019), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. 


jamil kochai, mfa program