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Writing Magical Realism 6-Week Online Fiction Workshop with Jenny Bhatt, Starts June 13th, 2022
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Writing Magical Realism 6-Week Online Fiction Workshop with Jenny Bhatt, Starts June 13th, 2022

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Begins Monday, June 13th, 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. Jenny's story, "Return to India," is included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021. Read Jenny's short story at Electric Literature, recommended and introduced by Elizabeth McCracken. 

Magical realism (or magic realism or marvelous realism; take your pick) is a difficult term to define. What most writers and critics agree on is that it is about narrative modes that bring two contradictory elements—the magical and the real—together in ways that allow us to explore alternate realities.

In this six-week workshop, we’ll discuss the history  and practice of writing magical realism, key identifying elements that set it apart from other narrative modes, 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. We’ll also look at examples from cultures beyond Latin America, Europe, and the US. 

This is a reading- and writing-intensive workshop. Students will read stories or novel excerpts and practice the craft of magical realism through a variety of exercises to learn how to bring together the ordinary and the extraordinary, use cultural context through mythology and history, reverse-engineer a popular story to create our own version, consider sources of inspiration like magically real film and artwork for writing prompts, and more.


"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.

"Jenny's Magical Realism workshop exceeded my expectations. I found her individualized feedback the most valuable. I would highly recommend this workshop!" - C. Tran

"I loved Jenny's Magical Realism workshop. I found her feedback especially valuable. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in writing Magical Realism!" -Michelle W.

"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.

"The class was fantastic, but I was not surprised. Jenny is a fabulous teacher. The care with which Jenny built the course so that each lesson and assignment propelled us forward." E.B.

"Jenny's prompts and feedback were insightful, precise and invaluable! She gave me many tips which I could already transfer into work outside of the course. Next, the feedback of my classmates was very helpful, especially when a topic was repeated, indicating there was something to fix." M.F.

"The reading materials (fiction and non-fiction) and Jenny's feedback were invaluable." G.S.


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 from this class demo. The class is entirely asynchronous which means that there are no set meeting times and students work to 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 June 13th, 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, and book critic. She is the founder of Desi Books and teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas.  Her debut story collection, Each of Us Killers: Stories won a 2020 Foreword INDIES award in the Short Stories category and was a finalist in the Multicultural Adult Fiction category. Her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: Dhumketu’s Best Short Stories was shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards for English Translation from Regional Languages. Her writing has appeared in various venues including The Atlantic, NPR, BBC Culture, The Washington Post, and more. She now lives in the Dallas, Texas suburbs.

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