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Write Here, Write Now: A Little Bit of Magic with Dana Diehl

Date(s): Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Fairy Tales, Fiction, Flash, Mixed Genre, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
Cost: $5

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Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a monthly pop-up workshop every 4th Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This month: A Little Bit of Magic: A Fabulist Writing Workshop with Dana Diehl!

Fabulism is where literary fiction meets speculative fiction: where magic is ordinary, and dream logic is sometimes the only logic. As Melissa Goodrich points out in her essay, Diving into the Faery Handbag, “Fabulism makes the emotional reality the actual reality.” It’s a place where our abstract fears can become concrete, and thus, surmountable. It’s not just a way to have fun or a means of escape. It’s also a therapeutic tool. In this workshop, we’ll read excerpts from writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Aimee Bender, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Megan Giddings to take our intangible anxieties or insecurities and imagine them as concrete objects. The ultimate goal of the class will be to gain an understanding of fabulist fiction, to think about its potential therapeutic role in our lives, and to leave with several story ideas and one story-beginning. 

About the Author

Photograph of author Dana Diehl

Dana Diehl earned her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Dana has served as editor-in-chief of Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Susquehanna Review. She is a Blog Interviewer for The Collagist. She has taught Composition, Creative Writing, and Humanities at Arizona State University, Florence Prison, the National University of Singapore, and BASIS Primary.