Spring Craft Intensive: Genevieve HudsonWorkshops
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Using Your Obsessions with Genevieve Hudson
Sunday, April 23
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 – 4 PM EST
Susan Sontag once said, “Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.” In her introduction to Touching Feeling, Eve Sedgwick wrote, “I’m fond of observing how obsession is the most durable form of intellectual capital.” This Craft Intensive examines the generative and critical function obsession plays in writing and the creative process. Through lecture, discussion, and generative writing, we’ll explore how infatuation fuels and sustains us through the blood, sweat, and time it takes to create art and literature. We will examine the following questions: Does writing our obsessions exorcise those obsessions from us? Can we dedicate ourselves to art if the subject doesn’t enthrall us? Why do we sometimes shirk the stuff that obsesses us instead of lean into it? We’ll experiment in form and play with structure and narrative strategy to see how to best fit our obsessions into the most effective literary containers. We’ll become captivated. We’ll develop fascinations and one-track minds. Students will leave with an understanding of how infatuation can fuel literary pursuits and frameworks for how they can channel their obsessions into something productive that drives their writing.
BIO: Genevieve Hudson is the author of the novel Boys of Alabama, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Their other books include the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist.
Their work has appeared in ELLE, Oprah Daily, LA Review of Books, Bomb, Bookforum, No Tokens, McSweeney’s, Catapult, and other places. They have received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, MacDowell, Caldera Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. They live in Portland, Oregon.