Saturday, August 13, 2016

Genre Fiction Workshop: Focused Science Fiction Workshop: The New Weird

Instructor: Kelli Allen

Instructor Contact Info:

Instructor Bio:
Kelli Allen--MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the US and internationally. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has won awards for her poetry, prose, and scholarly work. She served as Managing Editor of Natural Bridge and holds an MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is the director of the River Styx Hungry Young Poets Series and founded the Graduate Writers Reading Series for UMSL. Her chapbook, Some Animals, won the 2016 Etchings Press Prize. Her chapbook, How We Disappear, won the 2016 Damfino Press chapbook award. Her newest full-length, Imagine Not Drowning, will be released from C&R Press January, 2017. Her full-length poetry collection, Otherwise, Soft White Ash, arrived from John Gosslee Books in 2012 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Course Number: IMF 54402

Course Title: Genre Fiction Workshop: Focused Science Fiction Workshop: The New Weird

Available Sections: OL1

Class Type: Workshop

Course Description:
Going back to its Lovecraftian roots, this subgenre of science fiction takes the strangest concepts of a scientific universe and marries them with the odd while blending some fantasy elements into the mix. The New Weird embraces gothic imagery, poetic language, horror, dystopia, and alternate realities, to create a new experience for readers (and writers). Some consider The New Weird to be the only –true- blending of the best of science fiction and fantasy. This course will explore the genre in detail and writers will be asked to produce short fiction every week based on prompts and craft discussions. We will read work from Borges, Gibson, Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, and Angela Carter among others. In this course, nothing is too strange; nothing is too wild and experimental for the page!

Textbook info:
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Jeff VanderMeer & Ann VanderMeer
Tor Books 2012

Class Preview Date: September 19 (do not post in class until start date of 10/3; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 9/16)

Class Start DateOctober 3

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