Tue, Nov 9 at 7 p.m. | 6 weeks
Courses: Participants will be able to engage on their own time with the pre-recorded lectures and curated materials (readings, podcast links, interviews, and film). These will be used as the fuel for the live Zoom discussions with the professor.
*This workshop is sold out. If you'd like us to add a second session, email [email protected] Thank you!* A provocative manifesto for writing about oneself, one's experience, one's history: Stand up to your inner authoritarian. Realism is unreliable. Memory is a convincing dreamstate. Alternative facts are not always malignant. Embrace uncertainty: uncover new truths by mixing modes, forms, and genres. This writing workshop explores hybrid forms of writing about the self. We ask you to fill in the blanks with fiction; to capsize your reportage in a poem; to tell stories about yourself and your people in the truest way possible: by blurring boundaries. *If cost of this seminar is prohibitive, please email us at [email protected] and we will try our best to accommodate*
Begins Nov. 9, 2021, 7 p.m. ET | Online | $250
This OlioCourse will invite you to embrace uncertainty by walking this tightwire: Don’t be precious with your writing—but all of the writing (and the process) is potentially precious. In this workshop, you may want to kill your darlings as the Writing Gods command, but you might then resurrect or reanimate them. In this workshop, you will build something lovely and structurally sound. And then, immediately and joyfully, you will renovate and make it anew.
Our week by week curriculum:
Week I—Personal Artifacts (pre-recorded)
We will begin by looking around us to the things we carry and collect. We will closely examine these artifacts as sensory objects, recording (written and oral) the full range of our impressions—from cold analysis to fever dream.
Weeks II (live), III (pre-recorded) & IV (live)—Writing (and Rewriting) the Lyric Essay
In weeks 2-4, we will dig into and around the histories of these objects through generative writing exercises. We will look to the lyric essay as a form—a container for the products of this excavation—supported by craft readings and mentor texts, which include works by John D’Agata and Deborah Tall, Anne Carson, Carolyn Forché, Lia Purpura, and others. During this time, participants will have opportunities to present their work and receive feedback on their work in progress.
Weeks V (pre-recorded) & VI (live)— Sound and Vision
In weeks 5 and 6, we will take our lyric essays and adapt them, adding sound and imagery to create video essays, moving poems, and/or other mixed media forms. For inspiration and support, we will look to both craft essays and a diverse array of these hybrid forms. Participants will present their adaptations in the final meeting.
This OlioCourse will take place on Tuesday evenings from November 9th to December 14th.
We will alternate each week between a recorded lecture from Amanda Krupman and a live Olio with the professor via zoom where we present works in progress and offer each other support and feedback in a modified workshop format.
What to expect from the course:
To join this workshop is to enter into a community of thoughtful and caring feedback, challenges and lots of little victories. We can't wait to have you in the group!
Amanda received an MFA in Fiction from The New School's graduate writing program and was a recipient of a 2017 Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Award. She taught "From Page to Podcast: Writing Audio Fiction," in 2018 and 2019 and currently teaches creative and professional writing to undergraduate and graduate students at Pace University and North Central College.
Zoom link will be sent upon signup.