Dystopian Dreams: Writing Into the Dark (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




THURSDAYS, APRIL 6 —MAY 11  |  1984, Fahrenheit 451, Children of Men, and The Handmaid’s Tale—some of the most powerful literature of resistance to evil has been dystopian writing. What skills do writers use to create an alternative world that is compelling in itself but also speaks to the problems of our own world? In this writing workshop, we will read and analyze selections from dystopian short stories and novels and write our own dark tales. There will be weekly writing assignments and approximately 20 pages of reading a week.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and articles have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review, The Fabulist, Writing That Risks, and Fence magazine. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She recently realized that most of her favorite books are dystopian novels.

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4 & 11

Course fee: $395

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