In this course we will review, analyze, compare, and create definitions of literary traditions and popular genres in efforts to isolate specific craft techniques and moods that could be applied or repurposed in unorthodox ways. Our aim is to use conventions in unconventional ways and render concrete practice from the theoretical and experimental. To this end, we will read a wide swath of foundational and rising contemporary writers, from Edward P. Jones and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to Lorrie Moore and Karen Russell.
Meeting schedule for in-person workshops: mandatory keynote speaker event and kickoff workshop Monday, 7/11/22, 6-9 pm.
Individual workshop sessions will be held thrice-weekly: Tue and Thu, 6-9 pm, and Sat, 1-4 pm.
Students are also expected to attend a minimum of 7.5 hours of the joint, public programming, inclusive of the final open mic on Sunday, July 31, 1-4 pm.