Interlochen Online - Winter (2021) Creative Writing

Start Date:
Monday, January 11, 2021
End Date:
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Join us for Interlochen Online’s Winter term. These 4-week virtual programs, taught by our world class Interlochen faculty, bring the magic of Interlochen to you. Students engage with instructors in real-time, using Zoom technology, and access program materials through the Canvas Learning Management System. Students in grades 2 through 12 grade can choose from programs in all of the Interlochen arts disciplines - music, visual arts, creative writing, film and new media, dance, theatre and interdisciplinary arts.

Middle School Offering: Fabulist Fiction: Tell it Strange, Tell it Slant
Faculty:  Megan Baxter
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm ET

Description: In this four-week writing workshop, students will learn how to cast spells with language and weave magic through the fabric of reality. Blending elements of fairy tales, myth, horror, and sci-fi with the every day, fabulist fiction goes about a story-telling slant: a girl is mistaken for a porcelain statue, a ring turns the ocean red, and a demonic dog lives in grandma’s purse. Using modern masters of the genre including Karen Russel, Kelly Link, Matt Bell, Aimee Bender, Ben Marcus, Nalo Hopkinson, Helen Oyeyemi, Carmen Maria Machado, and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum as guides, students will create their own mysterious, sideways stories which will be workshopped at the end of the session. Class time will be divided between group reading, discussion, writing prompts, and lessons exploring the elements of fiction. Students will compose short stories, flash fiction, and prose experiments.

High School Offering: Hybrid Forms
Faculty: Anne-Malin Ringwalt
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm ET

Description:  Explore a variety of innovative literary styles at play in contemporary creative writing. How can stylistic elements like punctuation, diction, white space, and allusion culminate in unpredictable and dynamic forms of expression? Hybrid forms, at play in both poetry and prose, promise a unique kind of freedom for writers to draw from and ultimately subvert past literary traditions, developing frameworks suited to their own literary voices.

Through various close reading and imitation-based exercises, we will gain first-hand understanding on how these hybrid forms—by authors including Alice Notley, Haryette Mullen, Christian Hawkey, and Monica Youn—have altered the literary landscape. How do hybrid forms draw from literary traditions? How might hybrid forms be countercultural? The course will culminate in students devising their own hybrid forms and presenting their new writing for workshop.

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