Fabulist Worlds: Exploring a New Genre (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1 & 8

Course fee: $395

Many contemporary writers are playing with the boundaries of what is real and what is magical. Writers like George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, and Aimee Bender combine elements of fantasy and reality in their works. Speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream—there are many names for the school of writing that blends the ordinary world and the mythic. In this class we will read writing in this new genre and write our own fabulist stories. There will be daily writing prompts and weekly writing assignments to help you blend the imaginary and the real to uncover deeper truths.

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 is working on a fabulist novel about a woman who has a child with an alien. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

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