ClassTelling Risky Stories: How Much is Too Much?
Whether in memoir, horror, or another genre, writers and storytellers whose material may be transgressive or risky need to decide how much to reveal and how graphic those revelations will be. They must consider not only their own boundaries but those of their audience, and choose when to push and when to step back. What is exciting and edgy for one person may be boring or alienating for another. When should you risk it all and when is it too much?
This highly interactive class will include texts and videos from artists like Carmen Machado, Charles Bukowski, Tananarive Due, George Carlin, Sarah Waters, Margaret Cho, Lauren Beukes, Dick Gregory, Sarah MacLean, RISK podcast, and others. We will discuss what "risky" means; when it adds value or is pure shock value; how to be risky without being crude; how to be downright explicit; audiences for risky material; what to do when a reader is distressed; and what happens when your understanding of risk changes. We will go through a checklist for the kinds of risky material you might include in your work and process for understanding what you get out of risky stories.
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