Making the Familiar Strange
Location: The Loft at Open Book
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75
Every writer wants her work to be fresh and new. We hope our work will describe the world in a strikingly original way. But how exactly does a writer go about seeing and describing the world anew?
In this class we will practice making the familiar strange. We will also practice the flip side—writing about extreme and difficult subjects in ways that make them familiar. We'll read short pieces of both fiction and nonfiction in which the ordinary is revealed to be strange and extraordinary. We'll also look at work in which the extreme is described in a believable way. We'll examine how writers achieved these effects. We'll spend most of our time writing, experimenting with familiar subjects so as to reveal what is odd and fascinating. We'll also practice writing about the shocking or extreme in a way that makes them plausible. This class is for fiction and nonfiction writers who would like to enliven their approach to writing. Come prepared to generate work, read, and discuss!