Number of sessions: 6
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dates: Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Course fee: $385
Why is so much of contemporary literature playing with the boundaries of what is real and fantasy? Maybe because our own world often borders on the surreal. Speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream, fabulist—there are many names for the forms of writing that blend the imaginary and real world. In this class we will read from this genre (authors such as George Saunders, Aimee Bender, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, Margaret Atwood) and write our own stories with elements of the surreal. Daily writing prompts and weekly writing assignments will help you blend the imaginary and the real to uncover deeper truths.
Jenny Bitner’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Writing That Risks, The Fabulist, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review and Fence magazines. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is working on a speculative (magical realist?) novel about a woman in San Francisco who has a child with an alien. You can find links to her writing at jennyart.com