Winter Craft Intensive: ’Pemi Aguda


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Trapped: Exploring Crucibles in Fiction with ’Pemi Aguda
Saturday, March 4th
9 AM – 12 PM PST/ 12 PM – 3 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. 

BIO: ’Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. W.W. Norton will publish her debut short story collection, Ghostroots, in early 2024 and her debut novel, The Suicide Mothers, in 2025. She was a 2022 MacDowell fellow, and is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Granta, ZYZZYVA,, American Short Fiction, and One Story.