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Online Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Laura Pritchett
April 25, 2022 - May 30, 2022$500
The course: Writing Place: Experimental Forms and Techniques
Experimentation is where it’s at these days—especially in the world of nature writing. If you take a look at today’s best place-based literary journals and writings, you’re going to see a lot of edge. The good kind of edge. Not only has the world of nature writing evolved in terms of content, but it’s also evolved in terms of form. Check out all the flash, episodic, epistolary, listical, and hermit-crab fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Don’t know what those terms mean? Never fear! That’s what this course is about. Each session, we’ll start with a craft talk, share a reading, try several new forms, and you’ll leave having generated creative, original work by taking stylistic risks. We’ll workshop one piece per student together. There will also be a practical component in discussing where and how to submit work, thereby completing the arc of the artistic process and finding an audience.
Our guiding quote is from Annie Dillard: “The writer knows his field—what has been done, what could be done, the limits–the way a tennis player knows the court. And like that expert, he, too, plays the edges. That is where the exhilaration is. He hits up the line. In writing, [s]he can push the edges. Now, courageously and carefully, can he enlarge it, can he nudge the bounds? And enclose what wild power?” This course is about the wild power of experimental form in fiction and nonfiction.
The Instructor: Laura Pritchett is the author of five literary novels (Counterpoint, Milkweed), two nonfiction books, one play, and is the editor/co-editor of three environmental anthologies. She’s had over 300 pieces of fiction and nonfiction published, many of which are experimental in nature. She teaches at workshops around the country and directs the low-residency MFA in Nature Writing at Western Colorado University. She holds a PhD from Purdue and has long focused on environmental writers, particularly those in the American West. She believes that the future of writing will be collaborative and experimental; that is where the energy lies, and for good reason. More at www.laurapritchett.com.
Application Deadline: Apply by April 10th.
Duration: This class meets once a week over six consecutive Monday evenings from days from 5-8 ET.
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