Writing in the Post-Factual Age

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Writing in the Post-Factual Age

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In an era characterized by fake news, manipulative propaganda, and pseudo-experts, what is art’s role in response? Writers have to accept that the current political climate has changed the world for the stranger. But where do we find the motivation and will to keep making art? In this class, we’ll take a look at how large-scale historic events have altered the trajectory of creative writing in America in order to better understand how we can write about our world today. We’ll look at the realities and complexities of being a writer in the current political moment, with a mind toward creating work that is narratively engaging and emotionally resonant as it responds to major sociopolitical events and ideologies shaping our culture today. No matter the level of experience, all writers are welcomed so long as they’re open to a variety of writing exercises and advanced readings--which may include work by Ursula Le Guin, Tom Perrotta, and Christina Dalcher, among others.

  • Instructor: Tom Hrycyk

  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks

  • Date: Thursdays, July 11 — August 15

  • Time: 7 - 9 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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Thomas Hrycyk has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and has worked for multiple literary journals including Fifth Wednesday Journal. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, Adroit, Gargoyle, Pleiades, and many others.