Monsters and Magic – Speculative Elements in Flash Fiction with Deirdre Danklin
In my Monsters and Magic Generative Workshop, students will learn how to incorporate speculative elements into their flash fiction. We will dig a little deeper into common fictional magical systems – is magic the most powerful form of nepotism? – and students will learn a brief literary history of some of our most common pop-culture monsters, including werewolves and vampires, and will learn about the societal fears that they represented at their creation versus what they represent to us now. Students will also learn how to avoid cliches when using monsters – sexy vampires, evil old women, fear of the Other – in favor of twisting the magic on the page into something unique and unexpected. By the end of the workshop, students will create their own brand new modern monster that has something to say to the reality we’re living through right now.
Date June 5, Sunday: 6 AM PDT / 9 AM EDT / 3 PM BST / 6:30 PM IST
Deirdre Danklin holds an MFA from Johns Hopkins University. She won the 2021 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, and her novella, Catastrophe, is forthcoming from the Texas Review Press. Her speculative flash fiction chapbook How to Start A Coven is forthcoming from Variant Lit. For a full list of her publications and awards see her website: deirdredanklin.com. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two cats.
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