Have you noticed a splash of magic or a hint of the surreal worming its way into your work? Join us for a three-week introduction to science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, horror, and other ways of working with fantastical elements in fiction. You don’t need to know how warp drives or magic work; all you need is a sense of adventure and an openness to embracing the unknown. Each session will begin with a discussion of a published story (to be read ahead of time) that demonstrates how contemporary authors are examining human lives and relationships through alternate realities. We’ll identify literary techniques and glean genre techniques from the stories we analyze, and each session will include writing time with prompts, so participants can put these lessons into action creating their own new stories.
Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction co-editor at Barrelhouse, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She’s the recipient of the following awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: the 2016 Larry Neal Writers’ Award in Adult Fiction, the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist, and Arts and Humanities Fellowships for 2018-2022. Her publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, and CRAFT Literary. She’s the author of a novel and four multi-genre collections including her newest, Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection. She teaches fiction at American University, Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs, the Writer’s Center, Politics and Prose, Catapult, and the National Gallery of Art’s Virtual Studio.
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