Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.
This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
This month, instructor Kelli Trapnell discusses "Using Genre Techniques in Literary Fiction."
What exactly separates genre fiction (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and the like) from "literary fiction?" In this class, we will discuss the differences and similarities between the these styles of writing. The first half of the class, we will discuss examples of literary realist work and classic genre standbys, as well as work that blurs the line between the two (think Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi, and Alyssa Wong). In the second half of the class, we will go through a series of exercises designed to teach specific techniques from genre fiction (how horror writers build dread, how sci-fi writers keep their characters grounded in emotional narrative, and how fantasy writers use specific detail to create convincing worlds). Finally we will end with an exercise that asks us to use these techniques in a "literary" story.
For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.
- Cost: $5.
- Register below.
- Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.
- Please note: By registering for this workshop, you consent to being contacted via email by our Write Here, Write Now partner for a post-event survey.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Kelli Trapnellis a 2018 New York Foundation of the Arts fellow in fiction. Sheholds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and a BA inwriting from Texas Christian University, where she was chosen as thefirst recipient of the Sandra Brown Excellence in Literary FictionAward. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where shewrites queer feminist horror for adults and teens.