Writing the Weird

Writing the Weird

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A deep-sea ghost shark is filmed for the first time. A dad mows the lawn calmly as a tornado whirls in the distance. A moldy sandwich that looks like Mickey Mouse is selling for 30 thousand dollars. A truck carrying dough overflows after heat makes the dough rise. We live in a weird world. In this class, we will focus on starting stories that write toward strangeness, stories that may make the bizarre seem normal and that may make the normal seem bizarre. In writing the weird, we'll discuss how strong images, sensory details, and characterization can be used to create stories that are not just strange, but emotionally resonant.

  • Instructor: Lee Conell
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date: Sat., Mar. 31
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor:

Lee Conell’s debut story collection Subcortical was published in late 2017 by The Johns Hopkins Press. She is pretty sure each of the stories in the collection were inspired by some form of weirdness. Her short fiction has been awarded the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and her stories appear in Kenyon Review online, The CollagistGlimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a Barry Hannah scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and support from the Yiddish Book Center. Lee has taught creative writing for Vanderbilt University, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and Southern Word.