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$ WORKSHOP Down the Rabbit Hole of Your Own Life: A Creative Writing Lab with Laurie Stone

May 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


In this one-session workshop/lab, writers will create a piece of creative writing prompted by a recent experience that may not at first seem dramatic. Writers will work to create a narrative voice that speaks directly to the reader. This voice layers time frames (I felt then, I feel now), and makes something ordinary seem strange or something strange seem ordinary. We will consider alternatives to conventional plots. How does a text build suspense and dramatic tension without moving toward the resolution of conflict? The writers WG Sebald, Chris Kraus, Adrienne Kennedy, David Shields, Sarah Manguso, John Haskell, Édouard Levé, and Richard Rodriguez come to mind as practitioners. We will discuss craft and form elements borrowed from music, visual art, and film: fugue structures, bricolage, collage, jump cuts, fades, montage, close-ups, long shots, and exploded moments. We will work with lists and blocks of text.

LAURIE STONE  is author of six books books including recently Streaming Now, Postcards from the Thing that is Happening (Dottir Press, 2022), Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, 2020), and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016). She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Your impossible Voice, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urban concerts. Her next book will be The Love of Strangers, a collection of linked stories.


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May 21, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tannenbaum-Sternberger Room, Greensboro Public Library, Central Branch
219 N Church Street
Greensboro, 27401
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