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Cortiscrawl: Writing Fiction with the Brain in Mind at Grub Street
January 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm$65 – $75
In this class, we’ll see how understanding a bit more about the brain can boost our own fiction writing. We’ll revisit staple topics like detail, conflict, figurative language, character, dialogue, and point of view from this vantage point, learn how we can tap into the dreaming brain for inspiration, and even look at writer’s block and hypergraphia (the compulsion to write) from a fresh angle. Through the lenses of neuroscience and neuropsychology, we’ll also explore issues such as empathy, Theory of Mind, and memory. We’ll look at writing from Garth Greenwell, Sheila Heti, Eduardo Halfon, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Valeria Luiselli.
Students will walk away from this class with array of practical techniques for their writerly toolkits: new ways of playing with metaphor, approaching dialogue, rendering internal monologue, and transforming life experience into fiction.