Filip Noterdaeme: The Fine Art of Writing About Art

Brooklyn, NY Thursdays, September 20 – October 11

For me, writing is to draw, to tie the lines together in such a way as to turn them into writing or to untie them so that the writing becomes drawing. —Jean Cocteau

Explore the fertile creative intersection between literature and the visual arts, and enhance your own writing through a recognition of the devices of art. In each session, we will study an artist through the critical lens of a notable writer, including John Berger on Alberto Giacometti; Philip Roth on Philip Guston; as well as the art writing of such authors as Jean Genet, Adrienne Rich, and Jeanette Winterson. Through a combination of reading, discussion, and writing exercises, we will investigate different approaches to writing about art, the artist, and the creative act, and gather assets to break free from convention—in language, perception, and form—in our own work.

Filip Noterdaeme has taught classes on visual art, art history, and writing about art at institutions such as the Guggenheim, MoMA, New York University, and the New School. He is the artist behind the conceptual art project known as The Homeless Museum of Art (HOMU) and the author of The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (Outpost19); and he writes a blog on contemporary art for the Huffington Post.

Course Schedule
Thursdays
September 20 – October 11
6:30 - 9:00 pm
4 sessions

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $350.00


Elizabeth Gaffney: The Novel Workshop

Brooklyn, NY Wednesdays, September 26 – December 5

This class is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email megan@apublicspace.org.

This semester’s Novel Workshop is for writers with a substantially, nearly, or fully complete draft of their novels. Each writer will have the opportunity to have their entire manuscript read and critiqued. As a parallel to close reading and line editing, class discussion will focus on arc, shape, characters, and plot development. The workshop will be limited to 10 writers.

In addition to a comprehensive critique of your manuscript, you will also receive an editorial letter from the instructor at the end of the workshop. Additionally, the workshop will offer an overview of the publishing industry, and detailed guidance on how to navigate the search for an agent and find the right publisher for your book.

Note: Manuscripts may be up to 400 pages—8.5 x 11 page, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins. For longer books, please contact managing editor Megan Cummins at general@apublicspace.org

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young (both Random House). Her work has also appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, and many other publications. She was an editor for many years at the Paris Review, and is an editor at large at A Public Space. She teaches writing at New York University and the New School and has taught at Columbia University.

Course Schedule
Wednesdays
September 26 – December 5 (there is no class on November 21)
6:30 - 9:00 pm
10 sessions

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $800.00


Camille Rankine: Words in Action

Brooklyn, NY Thursdays, October 18 – November 15

Generate new work as we chart a course through the landscape of arts and action, and explore poetry, essay, fiction, and hybrid forms in your writing.

Can language be a catalyst for change? Can speech constitute action? In this workshop, we will examine the ways in which the work of writing can be a space of political action and social engagement. Through reading and discussion, we’ll investigate ideas of literary activism, and consider what responsibilities a writer may ​(or may not)​ have to their communities; and to address issues like injustice, inequality, violence, and the pressing concerns of our society today. We will ​explore how writers use form, voice, sound, and syntax to respond to political and social issues; and to create a stirring landscape that inspires, chills, and provokes.

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published by Copper Canyon Press; she is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. She is a visiting professor at the New School and lives in New York City.


Course Schedule
Thursdays
October 18 & 25; November 1 & 15 (there is no class on November 8)
6:30 - 9:00 pm
4 sessions

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $350.00


Alexander Chee: Master Class

Brooklyn, NY Saturday, November 3

To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth but into it.

How do we form our identities in life and in art? How do we reckon with those identities in our writing? How can writing be an opportunity to invent and explore who we are? Explore what it means—and learn how—to pursue authenticity in your writing in this one-session class with award-winning author Alexander Chee. We will examine techniques and approaches to storytelling across genre; and through discussion and writing exercises, experiment with ways to escape into truth in our writing.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel (all Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). A contributing editor at the New Republic and an editor at large at VQR, he has written for the New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, and Slate, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an NEA Fellowship, and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Editors Choice Prize; and an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.

Course Schedule
Saturday, November 3
2:00 - 5:00 pm
1 session

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $120.00


Parul Sehgal: Master Class

Brooklyn, NY Saturday, November 10

I like to think of literature and criticism as an act of pushing something forward, of mapping new terrains, internal and external, of doing things with language that reveal something about what it means to read and to live.

Explore the writer-critic relationship from the critic’s point of view—and how you can use that insight to strengthen and hone your own writing—in this one-session workshop with New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal. In this class, we will explore the meaning and possibilities of close reading, and why—in the age of screens, scans, and skims—engaging deeply and expansively with an author’s work is more essential than ever. We will discuss why we read what we read; and what it can tell us about who we are as a society, and as readers ourselves. Expect to leave with an awareness of how a seasoned critic views the literary landscape.

Parul Sehgal is a book critic at the New York Times, where she has reviewed such authors as Machado de Assis, Terrance Hayes, and Dorthe Nors. Previously a columnist and senior editor at the New York Times Book Review, she has also published work in the Atlantic, Bookforum, and the New Yorker. She was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism.

Course Schedule
Saturday, November 10
2:00 - 5:00 pm
1 session

A Public Space

323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States

Cost: $120.00


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