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Taking Flight: Writing Beyond the Real

What is the purpose of imaginative writing? What are the pitfalls, and how can you avoid them? How can you write beyond the real without falling into the clichés of genre literature? How can your writing depart from reality in ways that feel plausible? We’ll explore specific techniques to help us to make the real seem extraordinary, and the extraordinary feel real. The politics and poetics of imaginative fiction will be explored. We’ll take our cues from writers ranging from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Renee Gladman as we let our imaginations take flight.

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Instructor: Jennifer Natalya Fink

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 04/06/2017

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of four published novels, including the Dana Award-winning and Pulitzer-nominated The Mikvah Queen. Fink's work has been widely reviewed and lauded by luminaries such as Eileen Myles, Steve Almond, Rebecca Brown, and Michelle Tea. She is a professor of creative writing at Georgetown University, and has served as a jurist for the Caine Prize for African Fiction. She founded The Gorilla Press, a non-profit aimed at promoting youth literacy through bookmaking. Her forthcoming novel Bhopal Dance was recently shortlisted for both the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Award and the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize from FC2 Press, as well as the Clarissa Dallowy Fiction Prize from the A Room of Our Own Foundation and the Willow Books Literature Award.
Flame thrower, dance addict, disability advocate and queer mother, Fink deploys experiential fiction to explore how the state inhabits our most private states. Read more on her author page:

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