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Writing the Anthropocene with Madeleine Watts


8 Sessions

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Once a week Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT January 5 to February 23, 2023

Online via Zoom

In this class we will think about the challenges and possibilities of storytelling in the Anthropocene. How might thinking and writing about the environment and the world we live in be a way to both counter and work through the frustration and despair of our present moment? What genres and forms could we use to creatively respond to the conditions of the Anthropocene? Reading a mixture of fiction, poetry, essay, and journalism, we will look at how other writers have approached these questions and discuss what we might learn from their approaches. Generative exercises will help inspire new work, and in the final weeks of class will workshop one another’s manuscripts responding to the themes of the class, discussing strategies for revision and editing.

Course Outline:
  • Session 1: Introduction
  • Session 2: The Weird and the Eerie
  • Session 3: Noticing and Animals
  • Session 4: Plants
  • Session 5: The Big Picture
  • Sessions 6—8: Workshops

Capacity: 12

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    Madeleine Watts

    Madeleine Watts

    Madeleine Watts is a writer of fiction, stories, and essays. Her debut novel, The Inland Sea, was shortlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing. It was published by Pushkin Press (UK/ANZ) in 2020, and in 2021 by Catapult (US). A French translation was published in 2022 by Rue de l’échiquier. Her stories and essays has been published most recently in Harper’s magazine, the Believer, HEAT, the Guardian, Astra magazine, and Literary Hub. Madeleine has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University in New York, and graduated from the University of Sydney (Australia) with a B.A. (Hons I) in English Literature. She teaches at Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities.