Jai Chakrabarti is the author of the novel A Play for the End of the World, which won the National Jewish Book Award, was the Association of Jewish Libraries Honor Book, was short-listed for the Rabindranath Tagore Prize, and was long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of the story collection A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (both Knopf). His short fiction has appeared in One Story, Electric Literature, A Public Space, Conjunctions, and elsewhere; and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and awarded a Pushcart Prize.
Sundays, June 4–25, 2023
The rational mind can feel like the enemy of fiction, trapping us in patterns that feel too well-worn, lacking some essential mystery.
How do we allow the unexpected beauty of the subconscious to find us on the page?
In this workshop we’ll experiment with applying the structures and patterns we find in poetry to our fiction, to see what we might discover.
We’ll look at forms such as the haibun, the ghazal, the pantoum, and the zuihitsu, to understand how the art of these constraints can influence short stories and novels.
We’ll read poetry by authors including Aimee Nezhukumatathil, John Ashbery, Kimiko Hahn, and Kazim Ali and fiction from writers like Vladimir Nabokov, Clarice Lispector, Lorrie Moore, and David Means to trace how the gifts of poetic form might influence our prose.
Most importantly, we’ll make space for generative exercises, allowing us to tap into the creative core of the lyric element to discover the shapes of new stories.
Sundays, June 4–25, 2023
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
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