Essentials of Magical Realism
It might sound like an oxymoron at first, but magical realism can be as real as life itself, making us interrogate everything we see. In literature, the genre and its history are particularly fun to explore. In this six-week course, we will delve into the magically real by reading samples from the genre's most famous subscribers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as some contemporary work by Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Roxane Gay, and more. We will discuss the elements that define the genre, and explore the wonderful possibilities it offers. You will also produce our own pieces of magically real work through in-class exercises and have the opportunity to share your work and receive on-the-spot feedback through workshops each week. This class is for writers of any genre or level looking to experiment and fully immerse themselves in magical realism.
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