Learn how to make the magical feel real and the real feel magical in this 4-week workshop led by Weetzie Bat author Francesca Lia Block.
Your Instructor: Francesca Lia Block (author of Dangerous Angels)
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: July 27, 2021 - August 24, 2021
Building a world where the magical and the mundane blend together seamlessly takes a little magic of its own. Let the fairy godmother of magical realism show you the way to those precious enchanted pages.
In this four-week course and workshop, celebrated author Francesca Lia Block will teach you how to craft a magical realist short story, or plan a novel in the genre, by creating a memorable character with magical gifts and an arc that both dictate structure and demonstrate theme; and by using language that makes the magical world real and the real world magical.
In this course, you will study how to create a character with magical gifts and an arc that both dictate structure and demonstrate theme. You will also study way to make the magical elements of your story and world feel real and the realistic elements feel magical.
Each week includes a lecture, a writing assignment, to be critiqued by Francesca and your peers, as well as ample opportunity for discussion.
Francesca is the author of over twenty-five acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including the memoir/writing guide The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process and the cult classic Dangerous Angels: Weetzie Bat Books.
What This Class Covers
Week 1 – Character
For the first week we will discuss the gifts of your magical protagonist, using examples from the reading list.
Week 2 – Structure and Theme
We will create a story structure for your work based on character arc and theme.
Week 3 – Setting and Language
The best magical realism makes the magical world feel real and the real world feel magical. We will explore ways to do this through figurative language, personification, sensory language and concrete detail.
Week 4 – Putting It All Together
Here you will write the first chapter of your novel and an outline or a short story based on what we have learned.
Each week will include an assignment with feedback from your instructor and peers, and ample opportunities for discussion.
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits.
Awad, Mona. Bunny.
Butler, Octavia. Fledgling.
Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved.
Goals Of This Class
In this class, students will learn:
- How to create a character with magical gifts and room to grow on an arc.
- How to create structure through character arc and theme.
- How to create language that makes the magical real and the real magical.
- How to create a setting that feels both magical and real.
- How to put everything together into a short story or the opening and outline of a novel.
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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