October 9, 2019–November 6, 2019
The Loft Presents If: The Emotional Realms of Weird Fiction, Fabulism, and Magical Realism
Sometimes the world of a story is familiar but vaguely and disconcertingly not right. Sometimes the world is improbable and strange but undeniably real. Sometimes things get plain weird.
In this class, we’ll explore some of the strangest and most beautiful realities writers have created in the last half-century, while seeking to understand and reproduce the stunning emotional impact of irreality. Think of those stories that aren’t exactly science fiction or fantasy, aren’t exactly literary or sometimes even remotely realistic—the stories that just are so, unabashedly.
In what ways does weirdness give writers and readers more direct access to the messiness of human emotions and relationships? What are the limits of this power? What are some different approaches to weirdness, and how do they function differently? Through a series of readings, discussions, and writing exercises, students will explore these questions and learn how to develop weird, fabulist, and magical realist styles in their own writing.
This class is suitable for writers of all levels! The structure, resources, and discussions will allow you to dive into the weirdness as deeply as you’d like.