Heather Fowler teaches The Magical Literary
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The Magical Literary: Adding the Surreal or Fantastical into your Literary Prose.
Do you long to write fantastical stories? Do you have elements of magical realism in your work that you’d like to bring out more? Would you like to hone the imagery and symbolism in your writing?
In this workshop, we’ll explore exploding the metaphor and the ways in which authors such as Malamud, Nabokov, Borges, and Bender bring the magical into literary prose to create the sublime. This is not your everyday story–but an excursion, even for minimalist Hemingway types, into the most surreal versions of truth possible–with natural and not so natural characters.
Through exercises you’ll both expand your use of the symbol for non-magical realist prose and magical prose alike, but also learn to twist the details of daily doing and living into stories that are shaped by the signs and symbols plentifully around. Techniques can be implemented for short work or novels.
Heather Fowler received her M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. She has taught composition, literature, and writing-related courses at UCSD, California State University at Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College. Her work has been published online and in print in the US, England, Australia, and India, and appeared in such venues as Night Train, storyglossia, Surreal South, JMWW, Prick of the Spindle, Short Story America and others, as well as having been nominated for both the storySouth Million Writers Award and Sundress Publications Best of the Net. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, was recently featured at MiPOesias, The Nervous Breakdown, poeticdiversity, and The Medulla Review, and has been selected for a joint first place in the 2007 Faringdon Online Poetry Competition.
Her debut magical realist collection SUSPENDED HEART was released by Aqueous Books in December of 2010. A portion of her author’s proceeds will be donated to a local battered women’s charity in San Diego, CA. Please visit her at: http://www.heatherfowlerwrites.com/
Heather will read from her story collection Friday, August 19th at 7 p.m. Click here for info.