Five Sessions, 2.5 hours (6:30PM-9:00PM)
Tuesdays*, February 20th, 27th, March 6th**, March 20th, March 27th
Fees & Payment Options: $270 General/$240 Member (JOIN THE FANCLUB!)
Registration Deadline: February 13th, 2018
*There will be no class on March 13th.
**On March 6th, class will run 7PM-9PM.REGISTER HEREWhy You Should Take This Class: In recent years, scientists have found that memory and imagination call upon the same “default network” in the brain, suggesting that the recreation of memory is not merely an act of retrieval, but also one of imaginative projection. Philosophers and artists have long noted that memory is mutable territory, its topographical features dependent entirely on the stories we tell ourselves. Another way to think about narrative is that it provides an account for how we got to the present moment, reaffirming once again that we were here, here, and here, which means that the next logical turn should be over there. Well-worn paths may be familiar, but not all are safe or lead to happy endings. Sometimes boundaries shift after a storm, or new mountains erupt into the horizon. When this happens, narrative becomes a necessary navigation tool to help us travel from past to future.
Course Description: In this class, we will approach narrative writing as mapmakers of memory: We will visit the terrain, determine our location, establish the scale, insert symbols, and learn how to refine what we have mapped. We will read essays, theoretical texts, and memoir excerpts to explore each of these concepts and skills, and reinforce them through discussion and in-class exercises. Finally, we will apply these skills in workshop by generating meaningful and constructive feedback that will provide a foundation for further exchange and collaboration.
Blending elements of memoir and sports writing, Anelise Chen’sSo Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press, 2017) is an experimental work that perhaps most resembles what the ancient Greeks called hyponemata, or “notes to the self,” in the form of observations, reminders and self-exhortations. The book follows graduate student Athena Chen who hears that her college friend has committed suicide. A former Open City Fellow of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, she is now fiction editor of AAWW's online publication The Margins. Read her writing about Tao Lin and interviewing the owner of a Chinatown dumpling shop. She teaches writing at Columbia University...
In this collection, published in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Feminist Press, writers imagine “home” in the twenty-first century through an array of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Both urgent and meditative, this anthology moves beyond the model-minority myth and showcases the singular intimacies of individuals figuring out what it means to belong. Moderated by editorRowan Hisayo Buchanan with readings from Rachel Khong, BethNguyen and R.O. Kwon. Readings will be followed by a discussion about the project, and the necessity of both expanding and challenging the immigrant narrative.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of the novel Harmless Like You. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was an Asian American Writers' Workshop fellow, and her short work has appeared in Grant, the Guardian, Guernica, Apogee, and the White Review, among other places. She has received residencies from the Gladstone Library and Hedgebrook. Rachel Khong is the senior editor of Lucky Peach magazine. She holds a BA from Yale University, where she received the Veech and Wallace Prizes for fiction writing, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Florida. In addition to Lucky Peach, her writing has appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, Phoebe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, California Sunday, Pitchfork, and the Village Voice. She is a recipient of the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship.Beth Nguyen is the author of three books: Stealing Buddha's Dinner; Short Girls, winner of an American Book Award; and Pioneer Girl. Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she won Hopwood Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She currently directs and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. R.O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The Guardian, Vice, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.
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