Wednesday, March 24, 2021
“Writing Genre-Bending Fiction”
Story Studio Chicago (online course) ($60)
Fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, noir. How much–if at all–should we consider genre when crafting our stories? Can we reject the stuffy philosophy that genre writing is not literary (yes!)? We’ll talk about how to mix genres and bend their “rules” to write memorable fiction. Sci-fi romance! Fantasy-noir! Mystery-magical realist-western! We’ll break down our favorite genres and why we love them, and apply those elements to our own craft. And, we’ll read masterful examples, do generative writing exercises, and share our work (not required).
Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 1 – 3 PM EST
“Writing Mythical Transformation in Fairytales & Fiction” ($30)
Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop (online course)
The Little Mermaid sacrifices her tail for a human soul. Gregor Samsa, feeling insignificant, becomes a cockroach. The nymph Daphne turns into a tree to escape lovesick Apollo. Throughout literature, characters transform because they are hungry. They transform because they’re restless, because they’re seeking liberation from domesticity, obscurity, prescribed roles, their own bodies. They transform for fun. As writers, we use transformation to illuminate the raw places inside our protagonists and their worlds. Our characters escape, they devour, they create life—and they discover their true selves by stripping away their known skin. In this one-day class, we’ll explore these ideas through craft talk, discussion of sample texts, and in-class writing.
Class size: Limited to 12 writers.
More info & registration link coming soon!
Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1 – 3 PM EST
Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop (online)
“Writing Raw: Exploring Mythical Transformation in Fairytales & Fiction”