Spring Craft Intensive: ’Pemi Aguda


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Trapped: Exploring Crucibles in Fiction with ’Pemi Aguda
Sunday, March 24th
11 AM – 2 PM PST/ 2 PM – 5 PM EST

In this craft intensive, we will explore moments in fiction where characters are restricted to a physical space and moment in time. What can this kind of imposed claustrophobia reveal about characters and their motivations? How do writers create compelling situations within the limitations of space and time? Along with some writing exercises, we will look at examples in short fiction, novels, and drama, to find what effect these frying pan moments can have on characterization, mood, tension, and momentum. 

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: ’Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

Her writing has won awards such as: 2022 & 2023 O. Henry Prizes, a Nommo Award for Short Story, a Henfield Prize, a Tyson Prize for Fiction, Hopwood Awards (for Novel, Short Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama), and the 2015 Writivism Prize. She received a work-study scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 2018, an Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship from the Carl Brandon Society to attend the Clarion Workshop in 2019, as well as a 2019 Juniper Summer Workshop scholarship. She was a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow, and her novel-in-progress won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She was a 2021 Fiction Fellow with the Miami Book Fair, and a 2022 MacDowell fellow.

W. W. NortonVirago, and Masobe will publish her story collection, Ghostroots, and her novel, The Suicide Mothers. She is represented by Renée Zuckerbrot of MMQ Lit.