Cleaning Out the Closet: A Hybrid Workshop on Building Resonance from Objects & Talismans (with Tommy Dean) - ONLINE
In this weekend workshop, we will create more physicality in our writing by digging through our own conscious closet and looking at examples from poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction to find the inspirational magic in objects, heirlooms, inheritances, MacGuffins, and talismans. According to Italo Calvino, “We might even say that in a narrative any object is always magic.” In this generative workshop, you’ll find ways to imbue your stories with depth and resonance grounded in concrete, specific details. Prompts and example texts will help you discover the objects your poems, fiction, and creative non-fiction have been missing. Millions of people watch shows like American Pickers, Antique Roadshow, and Storage Wars all because we crave the stories exemplified in rare objects. Our own identities are often rooted in the items we can’t throw away, the things we collect, and the things we’ve lost along the way. Join me in creating reality and metaphor, resonance, and poignancy, well-springs of depth and diversion.
WHEN: 2 Hours: Sunday, November 14 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021). He lives in Indiana where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A graduate of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program, he is currently working on a novel. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, Best Small Fiction 2019, Monkeybicycle, and the Atticus Review. He has taught writing workshops for the Gotham Writers Workshop, the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, and The Lafayette Writer’s Workshop. Find him at tommydeanwriter.com and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.
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