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One way to build narrative momentum and rope your reader in is to deliberately use words that you know your audience might not understand, and then, through context, teaching your reader the meaning of those words. This is a tool used frequently in fantasy writing and literary writing. In this workshop we will explore several examples of this invaluable literary tool and learn how we can best employ this strategy in our own fiction.
Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up. Her writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Both her fiction and her translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is an Editor at Large for McSweeney's. She lives in San Francisco.