Fiction with Maaza Mengiste, Padgett Powell, Mikhail Iossel
These workshops will follow the traditional creative writing workshop model in which students discuss, and critique each other’s work in small groups led by the instructor.
Description of Maaza Mengiste’s Fiction Workshop, (re)Visions: I want this workshop to push you in directions that you didn’t expect. I want your character and scenes to disrupt and surprise. In short, I want to use our time together to shake things up in your writing. I don’t think this comes from what you imagine you want to do. It comes from what you haven’t thought of yet. It comes from a blank page, from setting aside what you think you know and plunging ahead into the unknown. It comes from something slightly radical, even revolutionary. This doesn’t happen without hard work, but it can happen. It comes through focused attention on the particulars of a story: POV, characters, setting, structure, etc. It comes from setting aside ego and fear. If you are willing to make the leap, I believe that you will move towards a richer, more complicated story that only you could tell.
More workshop leaders and detail descriptions coming soon!
M/W/F, 10 am - 12:30 pm Centro Nacional de Cultura