From the cut-up techniques of William Burroughs to the epigraphs of George Eliot to the creative plagiarisms of Kathy Acker to the extracts of Melville fiction writers have turned to other texts as part of their art. This workshop will introduce students to methods of appropriating texts from other nonfiction, poetry, and other fiction to create new fictional pieces. The first session will introduce students to models of textual appropriation in fiction as well as exercises to begin writing from texts. The second session will continue looking at models along with discussion of ethics and style as students begin sharing drafts or plans of a short fictional project. The third session will be devoted to workshopping and discussing class participant work. No experience in fiction writing is necessary, students need only come with curiosity.
This is a four-session workshop.
$200 General, $40 Camden residents
About the instructor: Royce Drake was born and raised in Spalding County, Georgia. He lives in Philadelphia and works as an instructor of creative writing at Temple University. Royce has been a writing resident at the Yiddish Book Center and holds an MFA in Fiction from Temple University. He is currently at work on his first novel.
Date & Time
October 23, 2019-November 13, 2019
5:30 pm-8:30 pm
305 Cooper St.