With the impact of bestsellers like This Is How You Lose the Time War and the work of Emily St. John Mandel and Helen Oyeyemi, speculative elements are gaining popularity in literary markets. Whether or not you’ve explored such narrative techniques before, including magic, fantastical, and fabulist tropes in your writing can elevate your stories and essays and help them resonate with readers.
We will explore the integration of magic with character development and engage in improv exercises to break out of the confines of realism. We’ll also delve into the methodologies of modern luminaries such as Carmen Maria Machado, Tommy Orange, Sofia Samatar, Akwaeke Emezi, and other celebrated writers. You’ll learn to avoid traps such as metaphorizing emotions and predetermined analogies, experiment with creating magic systems based on real-life experiences, and play with non-naturalist elements in your stories and essays.
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PLOI PIRAPOKIN is a speculative fiction writer and lyric essayist. She sits on the board for Khōréō magazine, Hivemind: Global Speculative Fiction Magazine, WP Now, and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work is featured in Tor.com, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, and The Art and Craft of Stories from Asia: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology from Bloomsbury Academic. A graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop and the MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, she currently teaches at the Writers Program at UCLA Extension, WritingWorkshops.com, and the University of Hong Kong. She likes to lead her classes with works from authors who aren’t a part of dominant cultures, to show other narrative methods and those who blend genre conventions that reflect our diverse and intersectional student body seeking templates outside of white supremacy.
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