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Literary Astronomy: Workshop as Wonder with David Joseph

Date(s): Mondays, June 11 - 25, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Fiction

$80 Regular, $72 ASU Affiliate, $70 Student

About the Class

This fiction workshop focuses on conversation and interaction instead of prescriptive criticism. Individuals will bring their own stories and workshop participants will seek out “constellations” in the work by discerning patterns on the page. Participants will be encouraged to fight the urge to “fix” or “clean up” or “tighten” our stories, which in a traditional workshop model may lead to feelings of inadequacy and dismay. Instead, we’ll voice our curiosities, our observations, and the inadvertent echoes we perceived while reading one another’s work.

This course teaches the philosophy that each creative work is a wonder, as worthy of awe as a supernova or speck of space dust. Our intention is not an idea of correctness – our intention is to leave workshop feeling invigorated, encouraged, and aware of the greatness already within the universe on the page.

Meet Your Instructor

David Joseph is an MFA candidate in ASU’s creative writing program and servers as a graduate teaching assistant. He is the winner of Revolution John Magazine’s inaugural Highlander Fiction Award and placed second in Cheap Pop/GLCL’s 2015 Micro-Fiction Contest. David’s creative work has appeared in Hobart, Entropy, W.W. Norton’s Hint Fiction anthology, and elsewhere. He served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Susquehanna Review for its 2012 and 2013 issues and now lives with his wife (Kristin) and two cats (Oscar and Mo) in Tempe. Connect with him on Twitter: @dfhjoseph.