Strange Forms: Unusual Story Structures

Strange Forms: Unusual Story Structures

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Sometimes the best way to wake up our stories is to fit them into strange shapes. By breaking from traditional structures, fiction writers can make connections and explore themes they might not discover otherwise. In this class, we’ll examine fiction that experiments with narrative form and structure. We’ll look at stories that take the form of other documents (lists, emails, court documents, advice columns); stories that are structured by memory association; stories that bend time; stories that are broken into pieces; stories that are pieced together from other stories; and stories that are structured around an image, concept or process. This workshop will be a blend of discussion of published works, in-class writing exercises, and optional sharing of work in progress, and is open to both new and experienced writers.

  • Instructor: Marysa LaRowe
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date: Sat., Apr. 28
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor:

Marysa LaRowe is Nashville-based writer whose fiction has appeared in The Normal SchoolSmokeLong Quarterly, Fiction Southeast, The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Matchbook, Wisconsin People and Ideas Magazine, and others. She earned her MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University and her BA in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition to teaching for The Porch, Marysa has taught writing classes for Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth, and the Writers in Prisons Program based in Oregon, WI.  When she's not writing fiction or teaching, Marysa also works as a grant writer for a social services nonprofit in Nashville.