Hybrid Forms: Writing Between Genres (with Dennis James Sweeney)
Hybrid writing often denotes a combination of disparate genres, a style of writing that inhabits the “in-between.” But what if we consider hybridity as a genre all its own? In this course, we will read writing that refuses to classify itself within the traditional distinctions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama; we will discuss the merits of classification, and of working outside these systems of naming; finally, we will form our own definitions of hybrid writing and practice them ourselves. Students will leave the class with an expanded notion of genre and a toolbox of possibilities for experimentation in style and form.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
DENNIS JAMES SWEENEY's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, and The Southern Review, among others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a former Fulbright fellow in Malta. Originally from Cincinnati, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He is the author of the chapbooks Poems About Moss, THREATS, What They Took Away, and Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted. Find him online at www.dennisjamessweeney.com
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, April 18 ( 1 - 4pm)
WHERE: Williamsburg MA*
*Directions: Specific directions to our Williamsburg classroom, as well as other info, will be emailed to all registered participants 2 - 5 days before the class.
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