A student finds a man living in her closet. A couple receives a package of pig fetus in the mail. Tiger King. Bad Tinder dates. More and more, reality feels like fiction. In this class, students will be asked to think about the extremes of bizarre reality: from experiences that are commonplace (and still elicit doubt) to those we witness but cannot accept ourselves. We will use generative prompts to mine our experiences for the strangest encounters. Through these narratives, we will discuss perspective, power, and deniability in fiction. We will then conclude the class by exploring how these ideas can grow into longer projects.
NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.