Conference Schedule 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Locating the Magic Within the Autobiographical with Joel Salcido
Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Tooker, Old Main (view map)
Type(s): Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry
About the Session
In this generative session, we will pinpoint the places where magic resides in autobiographical poetry. Through personal exploration and group discussion, we will find places where truth and magic touch, will discover how magic renders truth truer, begets an attentiveness in the reader, and locates moments more deeply in the experiential. All this opens narrative poetics to new possibilities of phantasmagoria and wonder. We will briefly examine contemporary poems containing some of these elements. Attendees will be asked to bring in a short piece of their own narrative/biographical writing as well as its backstory. We will mine each story to enhance the magics contained in the writing in order to open them to new imaginings.