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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Exploring Magical Realism (2-part)

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

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.

During our time, we will discuss examples of the genre and practice telling a story with magical realist elements. In week 1, participants will be given a framework that describes the ways to approach writing the genre either through historical, political, or emotional contexts. We will read authors who are masters in the genre and do some short, guided writing activities. Participants will also decide what they want to work on throughout the week to share and discuss in week 2. In week 2, participants should expect to discuss their own work in relation to the framework previously discussed.

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

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!