Description of Class
Speculative, supernatural, weird … whatever you call it, how do you write it?
From Kelly Link to Toni Morrison, many authors of literary fiction use speculative devices in their stories. In this six-week class led by Jac Jemc (THE GRIP OF IT), find out how your own otherwise realistic fiction can benefit when you break the rules of the real world to introduce fantastic elements.
Whether you’ve never delved into this style of fiction or you’re already comfortable playing with surrealism, magic, and fantasy in your stories, this class will help focus your intentions and skills to craft highly original speculative literary fiction. We’ll delve into the act of shaping our fictional worlds just enough to allow readers to see with new eyes the things they look at every day, exploring the aspects that allow fantastical worlds to operate—from language, to inventions, to social norms—and will sketch our own “realities” in which we’ll set a story. We’ll explore how to subvert expectations, what to avoid and why, and how to use standard elements of genre in a fresh and exciting way.
- a complete draft of a story that has been workshopped by peers and the instructor;
- a cache of constraints that can be repurposed from project to project;
- and a stronger sense of the way world building can be used to to create stronger, more surprising versions of the stories we write.