In this generative workshop, we'll explore real and invented literary worlds. Through a series of exercises and close readings by diverse authors, we'll discuss how to understand and communicate the rules of the worlds we write, how to frame the world's importance within the context of our stories, and how our characters function within these worlds. Throughout, we'll discuss how to apply what we are generating to both nonfiction (particularly memoir) and fiction. This class is appropriate for prose writers of all levels.
MATHANGI SUBRAMANIAN is an award winning Indian American who believes stories have the power to change the world. Her novel A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the TATA prize for fiction, and the Valley of Words Prize, and was longlisted for PEN/Faulkner and the Center for Fiction First Novel prizes. Her middle grades book DEAR MRS. NAIDU won the South Asia Book Award. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, Ms. Magazine, and Zora Magazine, among others. A former public school teacher, and senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, she holds a doctorate in communication and education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Mathangi Subramanian is new to The Porch. Welcome!