Mary-Beth Hughes: The Fiction Workshop

Brooklyn, NY Wednesdays, January 23–February 27

This workshop is an invitation to experiment. Over six weeks, we will create an original piece from scratch. We’ll explore new ways of approaching our writing, taking as our starting point the chance methods of composition used by artists in other fields—including choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and others. What can be discovered about a character by breaking free from traditional writing devices and thinking instead about choreography? About movement and sound? We’ll begin by gathering material and considering structures and shapes—what is suggested by the material, and how to deepen possibilities. Classes will include exercises and (light) homework. At the end, we will look together at what we’ve made.

Mary-Beth Hughes is the author of the bestselling novel Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book; as well as the collection of stories Double Happiness.

Course Schedule
January 23 – February 27
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
6 sessions

Cost: $595.00

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

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