Our Master Class series is one night, with one author, and one focused study of the craft.
We love all of our courses, and the Master Classes are some of the most refined and sought out programs we offer. This summer, we have a rockstar list of authors, with Stuart Dybek leading the charge.
The garments worn in flying dreams
were fashioned there—
overcoats that swooped like kites,
scarves streaming like vapor trails,
gowns ballooning into spinnakers.
In a city like that one might sail
through life led by a runaway hat.
The young scattered in whatever directions
their wild hair pointed, and gusting
into one another, fell in love.
-excerpt from “Windy City” by Stuart Dybek
We are so excited to welcome Stuart Dybek, an award-winning author with Windy City roots, for a single-session master class “Fabulous Fiction” on June 12th. Born and raised in the Southwest Side of Chicago, Dybek writes both fiction and poetry.
On its surface level, Fabulous Fiction is a class about writing fabulism. For the purpose of the class, “fabulism” is defined as any departure from realism, such as fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, surrealism, metafiction, black humor, and more.
However, there is a deeper level to the class as well. At the heart of the session is an exploration and demonstration of a classic technique in both fabulism and realism: how image transforms, and is transformed, into narrative.
“In summer, waiting for night, we’d pose against the afterglow on corners, watching traffic cruise through the neighborhood. Sometimes, a car would go by without its headlights on and we’d all yell, ‘Lights!’
‘Lights!’ we’d keep yelling until the beams flashed on. It was usually immediate—the driver honking back thanks, or flinching embarrassed behind the steering wheel, or gunning past, and we’d see his red taillights blink on.”
-excerpt from “Lights” by Stuart Dybek
Though the waitlist for Dybek’s course is maddeningly long, we have other Master Classes later this summer that are also worth checking out.
- Why We Tell Stories with Vu Tran
- Experimental Writing with Porochista Khakpour
- Outside the MFA with R.O. Kwon
Don’t miss out! Register today.