The Craft of Toni Morrison in Beloved [Michele L. Simms-Burton]
All Levels | One of the most celebrated writers in American English, Toni Morrison creates masterful and complicated narrative structures and employs neologisms to convey unspeakable things often left unspoken. We’ll look at the structure of Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved (1987)—a narrative of enslaved Africans and their white enslavers—as an example for stories about loss, violence, memory, and healing. Some short writing exercises will be given to apply Morrison’s techniques to your own work-in-progress.
Students in this class will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.