Pushing The Boundaries: Experiments in Fiction and Poetry (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




TUESDAYS, JANUARY 30 —MARCH 6  |  What happens when we approach writing like an experiment? Our minds are open, our writing is deep, and there is no room for writers’ block or cliché ideas. Burroughs used cut-up writing, Anais Nin made her diary her art, and now novels are being written in tweets and texts. Each week we will explore different experimental styles from surrealism to postmodernism and do exercises to loosen our minds and push us in new directions with our writing. With daily writing prompts and in-class exercises, this class is great for beginning writers or experienced writers wanting to push their writing in new directions. In the first session we will do a group hypnosis for creativity and opening our imagination in new directions.

Jenny Bitner is a San Francisco poet turned fiction writer whose work has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK and The Fabulist. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Pine Press published Mother, a chapbook of her poetry.

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com.

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6

Course fee: $355 through January 16; $395.00 thereafter

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