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Writing Away from a Good/Evil Binary with Hanif Abdurraqib

Date(s): Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Advanced Workshop, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Tags: Character, Empathy, Pop Culture

$149 Regular*, $119 Student

About this Workshop

We too often rely on a “good/bad” binary to shape our characters and considerations in our stories. How do our complexities as human beings find their way to the page? In this generative workshop, join poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraqib, on an exploration on empathy and the dynamics of character in popular culture. The group will use an empathy tree in which participants figure out which characters in popular culture they find empathetic or non-empathetic. Writers will be asked to write a series of short poems that place them in conversation with a figure they have no feelings toward. Over the course of the workshop, the speaker and the figure become closer and closer through the work of looking at each other through a different and more creative lens.

*While this workshop is open to the public, Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference attendees receive $25 off advanced workshops. To receive the discount, register for the conference.

Meet Your Instructor: Hanif Abdurraqib

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Hanif Abdurraqib
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.