Online: Zoom

Writing Critters: Animal Characters in Fiction and Nonfiction

$65.00
Members
$75.00
Non-members
Friday, February 18th, 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
20 seats max
Only 4 spots left!

For as long as stories have existed, humans have included non-human animals in their tales (or shouldwe say... tails). From Anansi the Spider to Aesop's fables, from E.B. White's pig to Jean Craighead George's wolves, from Samantha Irby's cat to Sy Montgomery's octopus, animals show up in all forms of literature: fiction and nonfiction, adult and children's, poetry and prose, ancient and contemporary. This session will explore how authors approach writing about animals, both domesticated and wild, in both fiction and nonfiction, and address some of the common questions that come up when writing about non-humans: avoiding sentimentality, grappling with anthropomorphism, and developing animal characters that are more than thinly-veiled allegories. In addition to reading literary excerpts featuring animals, this session will include several writing exercises to help you tackle writing about your own feathered, scaly, or furry friend.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Scholarship Information

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E.B. Bartels
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Elements

  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework
  • Concept Development

Genre

  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

Commitment Level

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