Spring 2021 Intensive Literary COurses
Introduction to writing Young Adult Fiction with Gwenda Bond
March 15 - April 3
Re-Cognition and Re-vision: Pushing the boundaries of poems with Nickole Brown
Writers often place a hard line between the acts of writing and revising. While the first is seen as an act of joyful inspiration, the second is generally viewed as drudging perspiration. This workshop—which will spend the duration of three weeks working on one single poem each student will share the first day of class—focuses on specific elements such as tone, metaphor, imagery, form, and sound as we walk through a step-by-step process by which you might not only revise the poem selected for this class but also your other work as well. With the goal of infusing revision with the creative energy that accompanies writing early drafts, this straightforward, pragmatic workshop will be most helpful to writers currently working on drafts of existing poems
Introduction to writing speculative fiction
with Ashley blooms
Every genre—from literary realism to high fantasy—must build a world that invites the reader to explore. But for writers of speculative fiction, who often bend or outright break the rules of our shared reality, world-building poses unique challenges. This class will look at the basics of building a world through character, setting, and language. We’ll consider the expectations of various genres, how they impact a writer’s goals, and how we can meet or subvert these expectations in our stories. Students will utilize close readings, group discussions, craft worksheets, and writing assignments to explore how worlds are built in horror, science fiction, fantasy, fabulism, and more. All this will culminate in a final speculative manuscript that will be marked by the instructor.