Embracing the Strange: Writing Speculative, Fabulist, and Reality-Bending Fiction (with Joy Baglio)
Do you write (or aspire to write) fiction unencumbered by what’s “realistic”? Are you inspired by fairytales, mythology, fantasy, science fiction, ghost stories, or dreams? Do your characters sometimes have magical abilities? This workshop is for writers interested in exploring modes of storytelling other than realism while simultaneously learning how to strengthen all of the traditional elements of fiction. We'll start by looking at short, masterful excerpts from authors who challenge realism, with special attention to the types of fabulist distortions used and real-world truths they get at. We’ll also turn an eye to questions of craft: What makes a compelling plot? How do we create characters so alive we can feel them breathing? How do we build tension from the first lines? How does the introduction of speculative elements alter the stakes and shake up traditional dynamics? In addition, we'll generate new work in response to a number of imaginative prompts and writing exercises. You’ll leave with a mini portfolio of new writing as well as tools and techniques that will help you continue to write and explore reality-bending stories on your own.
About the Instructor:
JOY BAGLIO founded Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in 2016, shortly after moving to Northampton MA from NYC. She holds an MFA from The New School, and her short fiction has appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient of grants and scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She's been recognized by the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention), The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (finalist), the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2017, and numerous other contests and awards. In addition to her role at PVWW, she teaches writing at Grub Street and serves as Associate Fiction Editor at the Bucknell University-based literary magazine, West Branch. She's currently at work on both a collection of short stories and her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.
WHEN: Saturday, October 12 (10am - 5pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg MA