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Lit Witches: Crafting Subversive Narratives

with Allison Ellis and Amy Bowers

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, The Writing Life

Online

Intermediate

4 Sessions

Start Date: October 9, 2023
End Date: October 30, 2023
Day of Week: Monday
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $216.00
General Price: $240.00

The witch archetype abounds in literature. From self-identifying mythical witches to self-reliant female protagonists in the works of Ariel Gore, Maryse Condé, Elissa Washuta, and others, witches serve as subversive shapeshifting badasses, mirroring ideas around feminism, domesticity, power, and social change. We'll analyze across the canon while building our own definitions. Expect to delve deep into the art and craft of creating witchy narratives and come away with at least two new stories, essays, or longer scenes.

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Allison Ellis

Allison Ellis

she/her

Allison Ellis’ writing has been published in The New York Times, The Ploughshares blog, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Amazon Original Stories, SELF, Marie Claire, Redbook, and The Washington Post. In 2016, her essay, “Hold On” won the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in the short nonfiction category, and her forthcoming memoir, Ready About is the 2021 recipient of the First Pages Prize/Sandra Carpenter Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars (2021) and a BA from Smith College in American Studies. Read more of her work at allisonellis.com

Amy Bowers

Amy Bowers

she/her

Amy Bowers is a Florida native currently living in Connecticut with her family. Her writing explores art, domestic culture, the insect and natural worlds, and manufactured places and spaces. She is currently working on an essay collection about growing up in central Florida among amusement parks, alligators, and hurricanes. She holds an MFA in CNF from Bennington and has work published or forthcoming in [PANK], Washington Square Review, West Trade Review, OxMag, Farm-ish, Assay, and LA Review of Books. Her essay Manual is published (fall 2021) in A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays, edited by Randon Billings Noble and published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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