I’m excited to teach a class in reading and writing Magical Realism with Frequency Writers in Providence, RI, on Tuesday evenings in May 2018. Details below!
“Realism is a kind of premeditated literature that offers too static and exclusive a vision of reality … but disproportion is a part of our reality, too. Our reality is in itself all out of proportion.” – Gabriel García Márquez
This four-week course will explore the literature and craft of reading and writing magical realism, an international narrative style in which the miraculous coexists with the quotidian, and magic is employed in the service of truth. Students will learn about the origins and contemporary trends of magical realism and its use to express cultural collisions, experiences of marginalization, and differing perspectives on how, and by whom, reality is defined.
Readings will be drawn from both historic and cutting edge bodies of international literature, including classics by Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel García Márquez up through Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and Isabel Allende. Students will practice craft techniques and generate original stories inspired by readings, visual art, in-class exercises, weekly assignments, and creative journaling.
Instructor: Maryann Ulmann
Dates: Tuesdays May 8th –May 29th
Time: 6:30PM -9:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence