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GREENSBORO—The task of any fiction writer is to plot a sequence of events that stem organically—and believably—from the choices our characters make. Our narratives are like "Newton's Cradles," where one swinging silver ball pushes another silver ball on the far end of the line, except as writers we can't be that linear about it, or that obvious.
Derek Palacio teaches in the MFA Program of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He'll lead the Master Class in Fiction, "Cause & Effect in Fiction," at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2022 Spring Conference, Saturday, April 23, on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
Conference registration is open.
Derek Palacio received his MFA from the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Mortifications (2016), How to Shake the Other Man (2013), and "Sugarcane" (a short story which appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013). His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Witness, Story Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Black Mountain Institute, Ragdale, CubaOne, and the National Park Service. He teaches in the MFA program at UNC-Greensboro.
This course will explore cause-and-effect dynamics within plot development. Through critique of student work and analysis of a few, short published texts, we will examine how cause-and-effect functions in narrative. We will investigate how to build plots that derive from interesting and revealing character choices, and we will seek to gain a better understanding of why cause-and-effect, when judiciously employed, can lead to more complex yet cohesive narrative structures.
Registrants must apply to be admitted into the Master Class; each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class. For full application details and more, click here.
Spring Conference is a full day of courses and programming on the craft and business of writing, offering both on-site (in-person) and online sessions. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Carole Boston Weatherford will give the Keynote Address. Other sessions of interest to fiction writers include "On Writing Dialogue in Fiction" with Travis Mulhauser and "Manifesting Thisness in Fiction" with Caleb Johnson, both on-site.
The online track offers several options for writers in all genres. Online registrants also will be able to watch livestreams of the Keynote Address, Faculty Readings, and Slush Pile Live!, and participate in an online only Open Mic.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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WINSTON-SALEM—As writers, we're often encouraged to "write what we know." Even still, it can take a long time to write toward those parts of ourselves that we know best, those parts we'd prefer to keep hidden: our secret thoughts, dark family histories, dreams, and more. But it is exactly those things that make us feel most vulnerable, which we'd prefer people not see, that we must write about if we're ever going to find our voices and share our truths.
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST, novelist and poet Jennifer Givhan will lead the online class "Subverting Expectations: Stranger Things, Duende, & Writing into the Upside Down" (Poetry).
Registration is closed.
The underbelly is the vulnerable spot. It could also be the dark spot, the seamy place, the liminal margins. This is the place we are most helpless, most in need of defense. And yet, this is where, in the poem of duende, we must confront. In Stranger Things, the Netflix sci-fi/horror throwback, the children and adults must both contend with the Upside Down, a parallel world distorted, a shadow world askew … The boys in the show describe it as “a place of decay and death, a plane out of phase, a [place] with monsters. It is right next to you and you don’t even see it.”
In this workshop, we will more than see it. We will create poems that are maps to the hidden creatures in our society, our psyches, our pasts—membrane-thin strings connecting the outer shells with the inner viscera of our collective and individual histories. Subverting expectations of the poems, ourselves, and the world around us, we will locate and (re)create maps to the underbellies, to the duende world where madness and abandon often eclipse logic and where, as Tracy K. Smith writes, “skill is only useful to the extent that it adds courage and agility to intuition.” Join Givhan as she guides us into the Upside Down, where our craft skills will help us unleash our inner beasts to battle with the beasts already residing breath-on-the-back-of-the-neck close.
The cost for the class is $35 for NCWN members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited.
Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet, novelist, and transformational coach from the Southwestern desert and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices. She holds a Master’s degree from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Rosa’s Einstein (University of Arizona Press), and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing), all of which were finalists for the Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards. Her newest poetry collection Belly to the Brutal (Wesleyan University Press) and novel River Woman River Demon (Blackstone Publishing) are forthcoming this fall. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, POETRY, TriQuarterly, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She’s received the Southwest Book Award, New Ohio Review’s Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize, the Pinch Journal Poetry Prize, and Cutthroat’s Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. Jenn would love to hear from you at www.jennifergivhan.com and you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for inspiration, writing prompts, and transformational advice.
"The Network offered online classes long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we'll continue to do so moving forward," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "While nothing can replace the energy of an in-person event, online classes can still be inspirational. More importantly, they offer a way to connect with writers across the state and beyond while staying safe."
The online class "Subverting Expectations: Stranger Things, Duende, & Writing into the Upside Down" (Poetry) is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, March 17, will be sent to registrants no less than 24 hours prior to the start of class. The class will be archived and made available to registrants for repeated viewings.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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