February 2nd-March 23rd

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Magic Realism 

This class is an introduction to the fascinating genre of magic realism. As a way of acclimating and exploring, this course will draw inspiration from masters of the form: Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Toni Morrison and Jesse Ball. Through short exercises to get you going and short workshops on your writing, we’ll engage dream worlds, fantasy happenings, mythology and odd instances alongside the mundane. Writing exercises will include:   

  • Writing the mundane and acknowledging tension

  • Writing dream

  • Writing mythology

  • Writing the fantastical & the real

  • Writing the believable character

  • Writing stream of consciousness & disembodied voice

All levels welcome.

Financial aid available. If you’d like to take this workshop but can’t afford the full cost, please e-mail to ask about financial aid.

Lisa Donovan is the author of Red of Split Water, from Trembling Pillow Press. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver's Creative Writing Program, a M.F.A. from Brown University's Literary Arts Program, and studied with Dean Young, Tessa Rumsey, and James Galvin as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. Dr. Donovan currently teaches at Trinidad State Junior College and has taught at the University of Denver and Brown University, among others. 


8 sessions
$445 | $405 (m)
w/Lisa Donovan