Exploring Magical Realism - Remote!

Saturday, August 14th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

When you think of magical realism, Latin American writers like Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, and Jorge Luis Borges may be the first names that come to mind. Others have also perfected the genre like American author Toni Morrison or Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The consistent characteristic of this genre is that magical elements are interwoven with the everyday. Seeing the fantastical in the ordinary may come naturally for some writers, but others may need more practice and exposure. This seminar will give you a chance to try your hand at magical realism. 

During our time, we will discuss examples of the genre and practice telling a story with magical realist elements. You will be given ways to approach the genre either through historical, political or emotional contexts using guided activities. We will then practice writing magical realism and sharing our work with peers.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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