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From Gogol to Kafka to contemporary poets like Richard Siken, writers have accomplished literary feats with what Nabokov called “irrational insight.” This generative class will examine how great authors in every genre have dispensed with exposition and the laws of reality by introducing the logic of dreams into their writing. Students will produce one short piece, participate in weekly discussions of short assigned readings, and write from prompts in an effort to mine the “private abyss.”
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Erin Gilbert holds an MFA from Bennington College, teaches at local colleges, and is currently at work on a novel and a set of linked personal essays. Her short stories, poetry, and essays appear regularly in a variety of publications.