As the great Henry James once opined, a story should never be just a story, meaning it should rarely be just an anecdote. Rather, it should show some true essence of the story’s character to explore some fundamental shift in that character’s psyche from the beginning of the narrative to the end of it. In this weekend intensive, we’ll be rooting ourselves in this exact concept to tackle narrative projects in prose, poetry, and non-fiction works (including the essay) as well as discuss ways in which two or more genres might be blended to create singular forms that best fit the story or stories you are trying to tell. We’ll discuss the ways in which character and persona driven fiction, poetry, and non-fiction can bring about not only shifts in character but also surprising epiphanies and conclusions that land like lightning bolts on the page for yourself and for the reader. A great crash course for those just getting their sea legs in concepts story-telling and the fundamentals of poetry alike. Beginners welcome!
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About the instructor
DANIEL PEÑA is the author of the novel Bang from Arte Publico Press, a Pushcart Prize winning writer, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. His writing can be seen in NBC News, the Guardian, and VICE, among other outlets. He’s a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, where he covers Latinx literature.
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