ClassBOUNDARIES & BORDERS: Touch at the Edge: Writing on the Borders of Genre
This class will experiment with writing across boundaries and borders in craft (cross-genres) and subject matter (physical and psychological). We'll discover from mentor writers how to blend poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and scripts to tell of crossing a dividing line, touching an edge of experience in our own or others' lives.
We will read current craft essays on genre-bending; contemporary poets, such as Khaled Mattawa, Jenny Xie, Naomi Shihab Nye, Roger Reeves, on themes of identity, migration and diaspora; writers such as Suzana Justman, a documentary filmmaker, who wrote both an essay, "My Terezin Diary" and a semi-autobiographical play, "Waiting for Father," mining her experience, and Brenden Willey, Winner of the 2019 Narrative Prize, who wrote a personal, universal story of a young boy and father bound and released in a metaphorical reality, "Things That Don't Keep A Lightening Bug Alive."
We will discuss and practice techniques of blending genres and write our own crossing-over occurrences. We will work in a large group, with a partner and in small groups for feedback on our writing. At the end of the class, we will share a "polished" piece from the day's activities to read to the class.