This course will take place online.
We will look at contemporary writers developing new forms in order to express complex life experiences. Our focus will be on the area of autofiction, and within this we will explore the essay-poem, the memoir-poem, auto-theory, and the personal essay.
As a supportive group, we will share work and offer feedback, pushing every member of the group to be braver, more self-reflective, and more deeply engaged in our writing practice. Each week I will set texts to read and participants will share up to 1000 words of their own autofictional project.
Who is this course for?
This course is for people interested in questions around life writing. Participants should be already pursuing memoir, creative nonfiction, or autofictional-based writing, or anyone who wants to start writing during the course. It is a useful follow-on course for writers who have already completed the Creative Nonfiction Course, or a stand-alone course for writers of all levels who are interested learning about experimental and hybrid forms of life writing and creative nonfiction.
Do I need any previous skills or knowledge?
You will need to be writing regularly and looking to work on an autofictional project or develop your experimental creative nonfiction skills.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a pen and paper or computer to take notes.
You will learn
- You will discover new writers and develop an overview of current autofictional and experimental creative non-fiction trends and possibilities
- You will explore the literary context and purposes of a wide range of autofictional and hybrid forms, and feel confident pursuing these forms within your own writing practice
- Through discussion, practical exercises, workshopping, and feedback, you will develop your critical awareness as a reader, and become more conscious of your own creative intentions and decision-making processes.
Meet the Tutor
Carmel has written on arts and culture for a variety of publications and her debut novel, Seesaw, is coming out in September 2021 with C B editions.
She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh. She has also been a writing mentor for The Ministry of Stories and Clean Break Theatre Company.
What is Autofiction? Historical context and contemporary revival.
Chris Kraus and Sheila Heti – The artist as narrator.
Ocean Vuong poetry – Poetry and autofiction.
Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine and Eula Biss – Auto-theory/essay poem.
Zinzi Clemmons and Verónica Gerber Bicecci – Mixed media and fragmentation.
Patricia Lockwood and Rebecca Watson – Autofiction and the social media age.
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- £95/£71 conc.
- Carmel Doohan
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