Magic and Metaphor: An Introduction to Speculative Fiction (with Leonora Desar) - ONLINE
Sometimes telling a realistic story doesn’t feel as emotionally honest as, say, having a rebellious teenager fly out her high school window. Or showing how a woman—feeling alone—mummifies herself in toilet paper. Or perhaps a woman feels stifled in her marriage. She could sit around drinking too much white wine—or—her husband could bury her in the backyard after binge-watching The Bachelor. Magic is a way of elevating what’s familiar. It’s revealing, illuminating something about character. In this class, you’ll learn how to use magic in a way that gives resonance to the stories only you can tell. This class is designed for beginners and those new to speculative writing. It will combine a discussion of craft, examination of the pre-assigned reading, and generative exercises. You’ll be invited to share your work and receive verbal instructor feedback. After the class, you'll have working knowledge of speculative fiction, multiple story ideas generated from the in-class exercises, and the beginning of a speculative piece. Prior to the class, you’ll be expected to read two short pieces, each less than a page. For writers of all levels and genres. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: 2 Hours: Saturday, February 18 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
LEONORA DESAR's fiction has appeared in places such as River Styx, Passages North, The Cincinnati Review, Black Warrior Review, and Columbia Journal, where she was chosen as a finalist by Ottessa Moshfegh. She has been selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019 and 2021, Best Microfiction 2019, 2020, 2021, and the Wigleaf Top 50 (2019, 2020, 2021). She was a runner-up/finalist in Quarter After Eight’s Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and Crazyhorse’s Crazyshorts! contest. Her journalism has appeared in Psychology Today, WomansDay.com, Parenting magazine, WomansDay.com, Business Insider, and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from NYU, where she taught creative writing, and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
- Learn how magic can make stories more resonant and compelling
- Use memories and real-life experience as a springboard for magical, surreal stories
- Complete exercises that ease writers unfamiliar with speculative fiction into writing magically
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