In this eight week workshop, we will be investigating the possibilities of science fiction tropes, as kitsch culture and/or portals to radical social rupture. We will independently consume assigned course media, including science fiction poetry and film, as instigatory means of producing our own speculative works. We will particularly focus on the book Dhalgren* and I will also provide PDFs of selected stories and critical readings (from writers like Octavia Butler and Foucault). We will think about space vampires and narrative time. We will consider the speculative with respect to avant-garde language in Girondo's work. Students will share and workshop weekly writing assignments. This is an open genre course so writing in any genre will be accepted.
*Repeat readers of Dhalgren welcome
This workshop will be divided into an hour of critical and generative discussion amongst the class about the readings and an hour and a half of group workshopping, however, this is subject to recalibration dependent upon the needs of the particular group. By the end of the course, students will have produced and workshopped seven discrete speculative pieces in any and/or multiple and/or not yet invented genres. In the final session, we will discuss methods for organizing the works into a chapbook or tentative full-length book project.
Dhalgren In the Moremarrow The Invention of Morel
Classes will begin on April 1st.
Our workshops will take place in weekly 2 1/2 hours sessions conducted as video conferences over Skype. I will provide a syllabus, creative writing prompts, PDFs, and a suggested and required reading list to all enrolled students.
The Course will be $425* per student.
*Contact me about need-based aid and paying via installment.
Students may cancel up to a week before the start date for a full refund minus a $20 fee. Otherwise, if a student drops out of the course they will be charged a prorated fee based on the course week, starting with week 1. There will be no refunds issued after week 3.