Writers Behaving Badly: Breaking (Free of) the Rules and Getting Away With It with Peter Ho Davies
Paradoxically, while there are many, often helpful, "rules of thumb”—show don't tell, write what you know, etc.—for writing stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, all writers are rule breakers at heart. In this course we'll consider some of the unspoken "you-can't-write-that" rules that censor our work (craft rules, the rules of polite society, even the rules of physical reality) and then set out to break them. We’ll take inspiration from a variety of works of fiction and non-fiction (and even a few works that defy those rules of genre) by writers like Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Amy Hempel and Philip Roth, using them as jumping off points for a series of exercises designed to stretch our sense of the possibilities of prose. A class for those just getting started, those starting anew, and those looking for a jump-start.