Winter Craft Intensive: Denne Michele Norris


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Clean As A Bone with Denne Michele Norris
Sunday, January 29 2023
3 PM – 6 PM PST/ 6 PM – 9 PM EST

James Baldwin said, “You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal.” The novelist Taiye Selasi (Ghana Must Go) often says that the only standards she holds herself to, when writing fiction, are truth and beauty. Through several close readings and writing exercises, this lecture will explore voice and lyricism, as well as examine what, really, is a clean sentence and what is the purpose of that cleanliness. Together we will shape sentences, personify characters, and ultimately refine the building blocks for writing that maximizes emotional and political heft in the writers’ quest toward writing truth, and writing it beautifully.

BIO: Denne Michele Norris is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature, winner of the 2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. She is the first Black, openly trans woman to helm a major literary publication. A 2021 Out100 Honoree, her writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, VCCA, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and ZORA. She is co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and she resides in Harlem, where she is hard at work on her debut novel.