Winter Craft Intensive: Marisa Crane


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Let’s Get Weird: Experimental Writing with Marisa Crane
Sunday, January 14th
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

In this generative course, open to writers with all levels of experience, we will focus on studying and writing experimental work that breaks boundaries, subverts (Western) literary conventions, and refuses genre. There are infinite ways of telling a story, and we are going to explore those possibilities.

We will do close readings of various experimental pieces, from re-imaginings and hermit crab pieces to erasure pieces and experimental points of view, and examine how writers use unconventional forms to enhance the themes and narrative. This is a generative class, which will include discussions and writing prompts and exercises. Students will leave with strategies for writing hybrid, genreless (or genre abundant!) work as well as the confidence to lean into play and experimentation.

We will play, we will delight in our work, and we will push ourselves to get weird with it.

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO:  Marisa Crane is a writer, basketball player, and sweatpants enthusiast. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Joyland, No Tokens, TriQuarterly, Passages North, Florida Review, Catapult, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. An attendee of the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an American Short Fiction Workshop Merit Fellow, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. Their debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself, was a January Indie Next Pick and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.