Spring Craft Intensive: Dur e Aziz Amna


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Writing Place and Land with Dur e Aziz Amna
Sunday, May 5th
9 AM  – 12 PM PST / 12 PM – 3 PM EST

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” Joan Didion, The White Album How does one love a place radically enough to recreate it in one’s image? The places we are born and raised in, the specific landscapes that we are shaped by, entangle us for the rest of our lives. They evoke sharp, visceral responses, even when—perhaps more so when—we don’t consider them beautiful. And then there’s the question of land. How does it differ from place, and how is it so important that we can see it as a factor in every global conflict today? Using discussions, writing exercises, and a short in-class reading, we’ll delve into the subjects of place and land, and how to tackle them in writing.

Note: I don’t believe in the MFA idea of craft as separate from the stuff of the world, so this might be different from your traditional craft class.

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Dur e Aziz Amna is a writer based in Newark, NJ. Her debut novel, American Fever, won the SABA Award and the APALA Award for Literature. Her work has also appeared in the Financial Times, Aljazeera, Dawn, and others. She is a graduate of the Yale College and the University of Michigan’s MFA program.