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Writing Magical Realism 4-Week Online Fiction Workshop, Starts April 11th, 2022
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Writing Magical Realism 4-Week Online Fiction Workshop, Starts April 11th, 2022

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Begins Monday, April 11th, 2022

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Taught by Jenny Bhatt, whose debut story collection, EACH OF US KILLERS, made The Millions' Most Anticipated Debuts, Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Debuts, KIRKUS, & Electric Literature's Most Anticipated Debuts in 2020. Jenny's story, "Return to India," will appear in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021. You can read Jenny's latest short story at Electric Literature, recommended and introduced by Elizabeth McCracken. 

Magical realism is a literary fiction genre and a narrative style that gives us magical elements in an everyday, real (versus, say, a fantastical or futuristic) world. In this four-week workshop, we’ll discuss the history of magical realism, key identifying elements that set it apart, and some of the major writers of this literary movement like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Isabel Allende, et al. 

This is a writing-intensive workshop. Each week, students will read excerpts and practice writing magical realism through a variety of exercises.

Instead of purchasing a course text specifically for this class, Jenny will post plenty of reading materials in Wet Ink for each week's topics.


"I for one have thoroughly enjoyed this class, the reading, the homework, the workshopping/critiquing. It's been such a nice, challenging addition to this month. I feel I've developed a better command over the basic tenets of MR, and I definitely feel like my flash fiction game has benefited from the weekly writing assignments! Thank You for leading us through the last 4 weeks, Jenny, and thanks to everyone for making the time commitment to writing and reading!" -N.R.

"This has been a great class! Everyone's critiques have been wonderful. I was worried that people might not really take the time to give thoughtful critiques, but you all have (and then some). I also really enjoyed reading everyone's writing - there has been some really great writing here and I feel like I learned a lot from reading your work and feedback on your work." -K.F.

"I loved the example articles, the opportunity to share my readings, receive critiques (Jenny's were long, in-depth and very helpful for future development of pieces), and read others' writing. Jenny's suggestions of where to submit and how to find places to submit writing are invaluable." -Francesca R.

"I found the Instructor and Group critiques most valuable as well as the assigned stories chosen for the course. I have a much better understanding of Magical Realism now. I would recommend this class to other writers because of Jenny's encouragement, feedback, and knowledge, all invaluable." -Virginia B.

"The combination of thought-provoking essays and stories and the range of prompts has given me a lot to work with. I fully intend to go back and use the prompts I didn't already use to generate more stories. This has been a great class." -Linda M.
"This workshop has been great at exposing magical realism. I hadn't really thought I would be able to attempt writing in this genre, but through the excellent material and feedback you provided, am now hopeful." Srilatha R.

"This course has a very positive influence on my understanding of how to create a story based on a magical element. This is a great course." -Eugen H.

Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom, was designed specifically for writing classes. It is a private, easy to use, and highly interactive online platform. Learn more about it from this class demo.

The class is entirely asynchronous which means that there are no set meeting times or live weekly meetings via Zoom. Students work on their own schedules. Participants will be from different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices. In addition to ongoing discussions, all craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts will be available in the Wet Ink classroom. Students will also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online environment.

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.
  • Instructor: Jenny Bhatt

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Workshop starts April 11th, 2022

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Instructor Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book reviewer, and the host of the Desi Books podcast. Her debut story collection, Each of Us Killers, was published by 7.13 Books in 2020. Her literary translation from Gujarati to English, Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu, was published in 2020 by HarperCollins India. Her fiction has won Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories nominations and reached the finalist stage for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. One of her stories will be included in the Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2021. Her non-fiction has appeared in, among others: The Atlantic, NPR, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, Literary Hub, Longreads, Poets & Writers, Electric Literature. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in the Dallas, Texas suburbs.

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