Writing Experimental Fiction

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Event Overview

Weird. Gorgeous. Pretentious. Experimental fiction has been called all these things. Because it doesn’t follow the standard novel or short-story format, and its language and characters are in all ways unconstrained, there’s both a freedom and a responsibility inherent in experimental writing. Creating what’s never been created before requires lots of brain power, resourcefulness, and openness to new sources of inspiration (think palm-reading, bibliomancy, and found objects).

"The Weird, The Gorgeous, and the Pretentious" is a creative writing class meant for any experience level, from novice enthusiasts to published authors. All you need is a willingness to read, discuss, and try writing experimental stories. The class is not genre-specific (like sci-fi or magical realism only), but will transcend both genres and formats to highlight those works that don't fit traditional writing conventions. Can you imagine a novel with two storylines--one told in the body of the text, the second in the footnotes? A fairytale that continually dismembers and rebuilds itself? An anthropological/biomorphic study of vasectomy procedures? If you love (or think you might like) writing that breaks all the rules, join us on Saturday, July 15 for a journey through literary outcasts (or masterpieces, depending on your perspective).

Class will consist of lecture, discussion, and individual writing exercises, with a voluntary group critique component. Leave class with a broader understanding of just what 'telling a story' can mean. Gain a greater confidence in your own writing skills, and new tools to expand a previously limited definition of 'good' or 'interesting' writing.

Learn to:

  • Use research to inform writing

  • Play with layout

  • Subvert established conventions

  • Appreciate contemporary examples of 'weird' writing

We will take a break halfway through class. Class fee includes OJ, snacks, and all handouts.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Sharp Noggin is a residential shop-home in the Mueller development. There is plenty of free street parking, or take bus #37.

What's the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. However, if you can't make class for any reason, feel free to transfer the ticket's value to a friend. Simply email Jess at ciderspoon@gmail.com to let her know the name of the person attending in your stead.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope, we have a digital record of you!

What to Bring

Notebook and pen.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

OJ, snacks, and handouts.

Cancellation Policy

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Jess Hagemann is an award-winning author and accomplished biographer. She owns Cider Spoon Stories, Austin's premier ghostwriting and editing company, through which she helps seniors, veterans, small business owners, and others write the books they've always wanted to.

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