Description of Class
Did that really happen? Is this you? Thank you for sharing. Are you OK? You’re so brave!
Actually, it’s a mythology. Thank you.
In this four week writing class you’ll be encouraged to ignore genre, wink at your origin story, revise your history, and mythologize your busted child within. Put yourself at the center of your origin story without fetishizing the truth. Abandon what really happened and make way for what probably happened.
We’ll blend fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, interview, and collage into something just left of the memoir.
We’ll consider the work of Suzanne Scanlon, Sommer Browning, Sheila Heti and Terese Mailhot as we craft our own mythological narratives. By the end of the class you’ll have a messy portfolio of many genres that just might help you get closer to a truth!
Each week we’ll read and discuss excerpts of great books by great writers and get our blood boiling with in class writing exercises. We’ll also be submitting longer pieces to be formally critiqued by the class, using a traditional workshop model.
Week 1: Fragments & Feelings. What happened and who said it better? We’ll discuss white space and found text. Read excerpts of Scanlon’s Promising Young Women
Week 2: The Cool & The Specific. Do you hear voices? Do you know the rules to your own games? We’ll discuss attitudes and auto fiction. We’ll also examine randomness and chance by interviewing each other and devising short plays. Read excerpts of Heti’s Motherhood
Week 3: Recovering Comics. What’s so funny? We’ll hash out the various three act structures of funny stuff and occasional poems. Read excerpts of Browning’s Either Way I’m Celebrating
Week 4: Starting Rumors & Finishing Truths. By this point we should have a magpie of origin stories and breathless anthems. We’ll craft some connective tissue and discuss big pictures and next steps. Read excerpts of Mailhot’s Heart Berries
No experience required. All are welcome.Top