Story/Theory: A Cross-Genre Workshop – Summer Intensive

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Summer 2018 (First Session)
Credits per quarter

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fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary literature

This experimental and intensive summer story workshop will approach storytelling as a way to perform, enact, and imaginatively investigate theoretical ideas & problems. We will explore and write in the spaces between storytelling and philosophy using our own and each other’s creative/critical hybrid and cross-genre works-in-progress to think with. This class is also designed for those working on cross-genre manuscripts to bring works-in-progress for critique. Performance texts, documentary poetics, multimedia, and post-genre writing projects are welcome. The class will involve various creative and critical writing exercises towards the direct practice of philosophical storytelling. Of special interest are thought experiments, parables, and collaboration. Students will present their work for discussion during regular class critiques and workshops. Exercises include somatic and contemplative practices designed to heighten awareness of the sensorium, acuity of perception, and the ability to communicate ideas experientially and narratively. As weather allows, observational writing exercises will take us outside. Homework assignments will put into practice the concepts and exercises introduced in class and will include writing and readings of a range of authors who work in a range of disciplines and modalities, including but not limited to writers associated with the Fiction/Theory school, which emerged as a Canadian iteration of  écriture feminine  and underscored connections between theory and creative production with an emphasis on collaborative methods, and New Narrative, a community of writers whose work emerges alongside and in close conversation with theoretical, cultural and political questions.

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Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Mon-Wed: June 25, 26, 27, July 2, 3: 10-6pm