Dekaaz-at-PubSenseThe opening master class at PubSense Summit featured a presentation by the stunning Rachel Bagby, creator of Dekaaz, a fascinating form of poetry — yes, poetry — that is catching fire in tweets across the twitterverse! She originated Dekaaz Facilitation®, based on an innovative poetic form that allows conference participants to galvanize the power of just 10 syllables to access their unique voices and distill vast amounts of information into sharable wisdom.

Why is this concept attractive to authors? Because it forces us to focus on the subject at hand and cook it down to its most potent message. A Dekaaz poem (Deka for 10 and A-Z for A to Z = Dekaaz) is just 10 syllables — two syllables in the first line, three in the second line and five in the third line.


Authors / All About / Making Connections

Knowledge / And Action / Coming Together

Thank you / For the smile / You bring out in me

Write, speak / And share your / quotable wisdom

Pubsense / Avenues / Opportunity

Because they’re short and potent, these Dekaaz poems happen to make excellent tweets, too!

Several of the PubSense Summit participants got into the act and began a wall of Dekaaz poems. Want to see more? Head to Twitter and search #dekaaz #PubSense15 — you’ll see how quick, easy and clever they can be! (Shown above, a wall of Dekaaz entries from PubSense Summit participants)

Visit Rachel’s site at where you can submit a Dekaaz of your own!

Think you can describe your book in 10 syllables? Jot us a Dekaaz in your comment below and we’ll share your book and words on WWW’s Twitter page, too!

rachel_bagbyAbout Rachel

Rachel Bagby is an award-winning vocal artist, international speaker, recording artist and author passionate about mentoring women to unleash their voices as instruments of change. She has keynoted or presented in hundreds of venues on topics ranging from “Writing Lives, Writing Activism” for journalists to “Spirit in Action: The Heart and Soul of the Advocate” for lawyers, to “Voice Blessings,” part of Women, Love and Power with Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey.

Rachel has penned numerous articles for leading publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Time, and Ms. Magazine and contributed chapters to several anthologies, such as The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941. Her first book was published by Harper SanFrancisco: Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices.

16 thoughts on “Dekaaz: Can You Express Your Message in Ten Syllables?

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I love this idea. I’m a bit late in reading it but how much shorter a description can you get? I’ve heard of ten words or less, but syllables? Yikes. It is prose on a starvation diet. (get it?) Then I thought of movie descriptions.

    Titanic: Romeo and Juliet on a boat.
    Raiders of the Lost Ark: Indiana Jones: name for adventure.
    Jaws: Giant shark terrorizes a small town.

    • April 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Ooh, Katrina – I do believe you have a knack-aaz for Dek-aaz! Love these… 🙂

  • April 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

    So much fun. I’m playing with one for my new novel 🙂
    “Blue.” Three
    Fantasy finds truth.

  • March 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    New novel. Would I lie To You? How our secrets follow us.

  • March 25, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I love this and am going to share it with my clients. I often ask them to distill the essence of their plot to 25 words or less. Most of them can’t because they feel they have to go into copious detail. (These are also the same ones who say, “My plot doesn’t really start cooking until page 167…'”)
    Am rising to the challenge to describe my current project, EXIT STRATEGY, in 10 syllables:
    Scandal/Betrayal/An Epidemic

    Wow. That was fun.

    • March 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Isn’t it though?! Rachel is wonderful, too — the two of you need to connect, great ladies both!

  • March 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    For the Lowcountry mystery, Murder on Edisto, by C. Hope Clark

    Back to
    Murder at the beach

    For its sequel due out in the fall, Edisto Jinx.

    A jinx
    comes to life
    on Edisto Beach

    • March 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Outstanding, Hope! Was great having you back at PubSense Summit — always full of no-nonsense wisdom for fellow authors 🙂 Looking forward to Edisto Jinx — the Dekaaz is perfect and drew me right in…

  • March 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Good ones:)

    Here’s my dekaaz for Return to My Soul:

    it changed my whole life

  • March 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Deserted Lands
    Book 1 – ALL IS SILENCE
    All die / All alone / Find a family

    Lizzie / Safe and sound / Escapes for freedom

    Anna / Fears for kids / Flees into the woods

  • March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I am currently having the artwork done for my upcoming children’s book “New Friend – True Friend”.

    New friend
    Proves he cares
    And keeps a promise

    Ruth Y. Nott

  • March 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Interesting concept – here is mine for the YA Paranormal mystery – Finally Home

    Brings Kelly
    And family home.

    Now to come up with one for the second in the series – The Ties of Time and one for my thriller/suspense novel, Imogene: Innocence Lost, which are being worked on.

    I’ll have to keep working on it but very interesting way to think of the stories. Super basic. E 🙂

    Elysabeth Eldering
    FINALLY HOME, a Kelly Watson YA paranormal mystery

    • March 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Fun! And how ’bout (for starters) Thriller! / Imogene / Innocence Lost – Book

      • March 24, 2015 at 7:18 am

        Great Dekaaz for Emma’s book. Fab post about putting Dekaaz to work for authors! You’re quite the Dekaazen, Sister Shari. Big thanks!

        • March 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

          You’re welcome and thank you, Sister Rachel – love the art form, love the Dekaaz we’re seeing everywhere… more the merrier, for sure! So glad you could join us

Comments are closed.