Wednesday, September 16th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge
with Geoffrey G. O'Brien
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Wednesday, October 7th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge
with Rachel Howard
"Building Boxes, Making Fences, Forcing Leaps: Some Strategies for Three-Dimensionality in Prose"
As a writer who works from life experiences in different ways—as I think many writers do—I’m less interested in distinctions between fiction and nonfiction than I am in the difference between writing that feels “flat” and writing that places the reader in a charged space of heightened experience, renewed perspective, and active meaning-making. To me, that three-dimensionality is the difference between prose as art and prose as mere relay of information (also a noble and needed function of prose, but not the one we are working toward as literary writers). How is that three-dimensionality created, and what do you do when you find your language stuck in 2-D? This talk will look practically at a few strategies for three-dimensionality drawn from contemporary writers like Sheila Heti and Maggie Nelson, and classics by Marguerite Duras and Bruno Schulz. We’ll also look at examples from other artistic disciplines, particularly dance and the work of choreographers Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. We often think of technique as separate from the states of consciousness that make for great writing. I’d like to propose that a shift in one can create a shift in the other.
Rachel Howard is the author of The Lost Night, a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder. Her short stories, personal essays, and criticism have appeared in Gulf Coast, Waxwing, ZYZZYVA, The Hudson Review, Canteen, The Arroyo Literary Review, Berfrois, and in the New York Times’ “Draft” series. She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and returned there to serve first as Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow and then Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, she recently moved to Nevada City, CA, where she is finishing a novel.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2:35pm, Hagerty Lounge
with Karolina Waclawiak
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