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Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT August 9 to August 19, 2021
Online via Zoom
The reference or gesture towards the past is increasingly becoming more daunting. History happens in a millisecond; and perhaps the complexity of placing oneself in the ongoing disarray of time, out of the many events simultaneously happening, is one of the greatest and most difficult conditions of being. David Shields, via Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Reality Hunger, writes “there is properly no history, only autobiography.” Essentially, this argues that our documentation, writing, of the past is a reflection of our indulgence in our personal frame of reference to the past. So often, as writers, we position ourselves as agitators, heresiarchs, conspirators, and proselytizers when we write about history because we are always enjambing our own perspective and subjectivity into the fold of the narrative we present.
In this workshop, the aim is to explore how the writing of Documentary Poetry is about being in conversation with history as an act of engaging with the various possibilities tethered to historical events and people. In a sense, we are constructing lingering narratives the archives simply do not, and cannot offer us. In turn, what we will do with our own writing and citing of the past is create a meta-archive. An archive that reflects upon itself in what is and isn’t stored. By primarily looking at the docu-poetry books Macnolia by A. Van Jordan and Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis alongside other secondary texts, we are going to create our own historical recordings as an interplay between creativity and what we presume to be facts.
Designed for young writers, ages 13-18.
NOTE: Please include the following information about the student taking the course in the “Notes” field at checkout: student’s name, grade level, and email address.
Each year The Center for Fiction offers KidsWrite Fellowships for young adults in need of financial assistance. To apply to be a 2021 Summer KidsWrite Fellow, please click here. The deadline to apply for a KidsWrite Fellowship is 11:59pm ET on June 12, 2021.
Cheswayo Mphanza was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been featured in the New England Review, the Paris Review, Hampden-Sydney Review, Lolwe, Birdfeast, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Columbia University. A finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, a recipient of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, and winner of the 2020 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest, his debut collection The Rinehart Frames (University of Nebraska Press), is the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He earned his MFA from Rutgers-Newark.
About this series
Summer Workshops for Young Writers
Part of The Center for Fiction's KidsWrite programming, our Summer Workshops for Young Writers offer online courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to ages 9-12 and 13-18. The workshops are led by highly qualified writers and educators with many years of classroom teaching experience. Participants will grow as writers in a fun and engaging environment and have the opportunity to share and perform their work online, leaving their workshops with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
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Beyond the Tropes: Latinx Terror with Marc L. Abbott$180
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Advanced Proust: In Search of Lost Time with Lila Azam Zanganeh (Sold Out)
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Reading the Russians with Sheila Kohler (Sold Out)
6 Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT September 26, 2022 to January 9, 2023
The Novels of Yoko Tawada with Miriam Tuliao
4 Monthly Sessions Mondays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT September 26 to December 19, 2022
Belief and Doubt: The Novels of Graham Greene (and One by John le Carré) with Dennis Krieger
5 Sessions Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT September 29, 2022 to January 26, 2023
Born Freaks: A Katherine Dunn Reading Group with Naomi Huffman (Featuring Special Guests!)
3 Sessions Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT October 4 to November 8, 2022
The Wings of the Dove: A Henry James Reading Group with Sheridan Hay
Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT October 6 to October 27, 2022
The Other Side of the Coin: Dystopia and Utopia in Short Fiction with Jacqueline Ahl$90
Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT October 13 to November 10, 2022
Italo Calvino and the Natural World with Antonio Romani
Once a week Saturdays, 12:00 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT October 15 to November 19, 2022
The Great Fire: A Shirley Hazzard Reading Group with Sheridan Hay
Once a week Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT November 8 to November 29, 2022