Boundary Breaker: Writing with Tricksters
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reading
Open to all levels
Tricksters are shapeshifters who disdain authority, defy social convention, and create space for growth and transformation. South Asian and North American Indigenous traditions, in particular, are rich in such stories—both traditions hold space for multiple truths, empowering paradoxes, and shifting morality. In this part-analytic, part-generative course, we'll consider what makes a trickster a trickster, and how the role and relationship of animals to humans informs this mythology. And we'll use all this inspiration to fuel our own transformative pieces!
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- This class includes:
- Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
- Feedback in class: Both peer and Instructor feedback given.
- Work outside of class: Optional writing or reading outside of class.
- December 4: Scholarship Donation Day
- December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
- December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, and River Heron. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of civil rights and technology. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.
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