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8-Week Online (Zoom) Workshop: Writing Memory and Setting in Fiction, Join List For Next Class
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$495.00

8-Week Online (Zoom) Workshop: Writing Memory and Setting in Fiction, Join List For Next Class


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Class Starts February 10th, 2021

Class will meet weekly via Zoom, 6PM - 8PM CST

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Taught by Elinam Agbo, a writer, editor, and fiction instructor. Read her work in American Short Fiction, PEN America Debut Short Stories and Nimrod. Elinam is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She is a co-founder of MQR Mixtape, an online imprint of Michigan Quarterly Review.

Who is the mysterious figure in the background of a childhood photo? Where did your aunt really get that scar, and why does she tell a different story each time you ask? Who continues to remember what doesn’t make the official record? What is your truth, and why does it matter?   

In this workshop, we will trace our steps to the personal and historical past, where we will scour the woods for lives lost and (almost) forgotten. We will read and discuss genre-bending short stories by Kelly Link, George Saunders, Yiyun Li, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Karen Russell, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and others. Then, we will conjure our own images from the past and interrogate our perception of time and reality.

Once a week, we will workshop and provide feedback on one another's work. Through regular discussion and writing exercises, we will continue to explore the forces in fiction that anchor the past to the present, the ancestral to the personal.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:

Elinam’s class was an illuminating experience. The prompts, stories, and exercises she provided were clear and accessible, but also challenged students to go beyond their storytelling comfort zones. She was an engaging instructor who connected with students from all kinds of reading and writing backgrounds. Through her class, I learned how to probe at the strange margins of our daily life to discover stories waiting to be written, and I generated a number of new ideas that I’m very excited about.” –Annie C., Chicago, IL

This is the workshop where I cemented my voice. From the diverse readings to discussion and prompts, Elinam Agbo created a workshop that elevated my understanding of how memory and setting took place within my story. I looked forward to this workshop every week because I was always challenged to think about my writing in a different way, thus making the current version of my draft the best I've ever had! I'm so glad I took the leap and signed up!” –Jazmine C., Detroit, MI 

"I took the Memory and Setting workshop as my first ever writing workshop. Elinam chose a rich selection of weekly readings. What I really enjoyed was how Elinam taught us to break down pieces to their rhetorical devices and styles, in order to see what works and what we can borrow from that. Elinam is great at seeing your vision and then helping you find the tools to get there. At the end of the eight weeks, I had gotten much better at editing. I would definitely take another one of Elinam's workshops!" –Joy W., New York, NY

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This class meets weekly via Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to submit TWO pieces for workshop over the course of the 8-weeks and receive feedback from Elinam and your peers.

  • Instructor: Elinam Agbo

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Starts February 10th, 2021

  • Course is fully ONLINE and meets weekly via Zoom.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

MORE STUDENT TESTIMONIALS:

“Elinam’s course broke me out of my writing gloom pretty much instantly. Her syllabus prompted lively discussion and also opened my writing back up. The class encouraged me to be daring again. Elinam introduced me to stories that I have often returned to since and might never have known without her. She also provided us with wonderfully creative prompts, my favorite: write a love story in under 200 words. She understands the alchemy of a good prompt: a constraint that leads you somewhere unexpected, causes you to leave self-consciousness behind. But what was most remarkable about Elinam’s class was the compassionate and rigorous learning environment she created. Even on Zoom, during a global pandemic, in the lead up to the election, this was by far the most welcoming, generous, and inspiring workshop experience I have ever had. She built community extraordinarily well, despite the challenges, at first through ice breakers, and then simply natural, comfortable conversation. In the very first week, Elinam guided us in developing detailed community norms that set the tone for the rest of our time together. She set an example by approaching our work with curiosity and precision. The written feedback I received from her on the two pieces I workshopped was careful and empathetic; she saw to the heart of my project and helped me envision a version of it that would connect with readers, that would move beyond a messy manuscript I had written for myself into something another human might actually enjoy.” –Sofia G., Brooklyn, NY

“Elinam’s class was an illuminating experience. The prompts, stories, and exercises she provided were clear and accessible, but also challenged students to go beyond their storytelling comfort zones. She was an engaging instructor who connected with students from all kinds of reading and writing backgrounds. Through her class, I learned how to probe at the strange margins of our daily life to discover stories waiting to be written, and I generated a number of new ideas that I’m very excited about.” –Annie C., Chicago, IL

“This is the workshop where I cemented my voice. From the diverse readings to discussion and prompts, Elinam Agbo created a workshop that elevated my understanding of how memory and setting took place within my story. I looked forward to this workshop every week because I was always challenged to think about my writing in a different way, thus making the current version of my draft the best I've ever had! I'm so glad I took the leap and signed up!” –Jazmine C., Detroit, MI 

"I took the Memory and Setting workshop as my first ever writing workshop. Elinam chose a rich selection of weekly readings. What I really enjoyed was how Elinam taught us to break down pieces to their rhetorical devices and styles, in order to see what works and what we can borrow from that. Elinam is great at seeing your vision and then helping you find the tools to get there. At the end of the eight weeks, I had gotten much better at editing. I would definitely take another one of Elinam's workshops!" –Joy W., New York, NY

 "Before I took Elinam's workshop, I did not believe I could write fiction. During our first session, Elinam asked us to share the story of how we became writers, and I remembered my earliest memory related to writing: as a child, I told my brother stories my dad copied into my baby book. The wall I had erected within myself, the story I had told myself about myself for so long, began to crumble. In the weeks after, I read the stories Elinam assigned and fell in love with every single one. These stories expanded my sense of what "fiction" is and could be, and they so genuinely thrilled me that after I read, I could not help but pick up my pen and write. So began my short story, and when I shared an excerpt of it in our workshop, I was terrified--but Elinam has a magical way of making every writer feel comfortable and seen, and I emerged from the workshop thoroughly invigorated, with a more grounded sense of how the story could evolve. Truly, Elinam's workshop opened up a new world of possibility in me. Her sage advice, deep seeing, and heartfelt encouragement make her an exceptional writing teacher and workshop facilitator. I can't recommend her workshop enough!" --Sora B., Ann Arbor, MI

Instructor Elinam Agbo was born in Ghana and raised in Kansas. A graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, she holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She is also a winner of the 2018 PEN/Dau Short Story Prize, a 2019 Aspen Words Fellow, and a recipient of the honorable mention prize for fiction in the 2019 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Nimrod International Journal, and Waxwing, among others. You can find more of her writing here

 

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