Just a note here, an update! I've selected four poems to use in my new Poem to Fiction class. They are: Nico Amador's Mexicans Lost in Mexico, Kayte Young's Before you returned, Sara Borjas' Lies I Tell, andSandr Simonds' Lindos, Greece. I'll write a bit here about the class when it's done, tell you all how it went.
Fiction Writing Workshop with Abby Frucht
Poem to Story: A Fiction Writing Workshop in Two Parts
Class limited to 6 – pre-registration is required
For this hands-on writing workshop, I will bring in a poem that we will use as a template for writing some very short stories. It's not the subject of the poem that will be of primary importance to us, but its structure and shape, its movement to and fro across time and space as well as among tonal and emotional registers. How might the poem's balance between interiority and exteriority, solitude and society, atmosphere and event, play out as tools in the making of fiction? I haven't chosen the poem, yet, but I know it will be short, nuanced, and not structurally complicated.
For our first class meeting, on Thursday, March 7, we'll open by reading and discussing the poem, taking a good look at how it might serve as the model for our stories. We'll start writing our stories then and there, with more room for discussion along the way, so be sure to bring your laptop or other writing implements.
After that you'll go home and finish your stories, which you will email to me and all other class members by sometime Saturday or Sunday, April 6 or 7. The stories will be short, coming in at no more than 4 to 6 pages, double spaced. We'll workshop them during our second class meeting on Thursday, April 11, and share what we've learned.