Full course description
is an class for high school studentsis a genre-mashing, experimental writing course aimed at helping you ask yourself the questions: What sort of writer am I? What sort of reading inspires me? and, What are my artistic sensibilities, anyway? In it, you will test the boundaries between fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, journalism, and various other sorts of creative writing which, taken together, constitute a vast and intricate wonder-scape just waiting to be explored. John Crowley, in his novel, envisions a series of nested imaginative realms, each bigger than the one that contains it. In exploring the realms of the written word, we will take Crowley's model as our own; the farther in you go, the bigger it gets! We will find out how, by working through the nuts and bolts of specific challenges in various kinds of writing, we can gain access to larger ideas about writing in general, ideas that transcend distinctions of "genre" and allow us to make use of our words as tools for thinking, for seeing the world. We will put these tools to use in short, guided writing exercises, which we will discuss, along with published works by established authors, in a conversational online setting. Think of this course as a six-week literary potluck. You are the cook and the banqueter. On both accounts, welcome, and enjoy! (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).
Abigail Carney is a writer from rural Ohio, a place that shows up in her stories. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and received the Deena Davison Friedman Prize for her in-progress novel. She is also a screenwriter, playwright, and former spoken word poet. Her plays include SUNDAY MORNING (The Road Theatre & the Yale Playwright’s Festival), THE GLOAMING (The Young Playwrights Festival), and DUST CAN’T KILL ME (the New York Musical Festival, NYC Fringe, & Le Poisson Rouge). Her drama TV series SWAGGER is in development with Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. She lives in Los Angeles.