Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome award-winning author Porochista Khakpour to the studio for this single-session master class on experimental writing for non-experimental writers. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study with a master for an evening of close reading and in-depth discussion.
What does it mean for writing to be experimental? The great writer Margaret Atwood defines it as writing “that sets up certain rules for itself … while subverting the conventions according to which readers have understood what constitutes a proper work of literature.”
In making its own rules, a lot of the old rules have to be tossed out, of course, and so this workshop provides a few examples of the most innovative, rule-busting, eclectic works of the postmodern, absurdist, metafictional, and transgressive canon. We’ll look at a wild and gutsy array of passages, old and new, that dare to be different. We’ll also generate multigenre experimental writing of our own through a series of exercises.