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Blurring Genre with Aram Mrjoian

$365.00 · January 11

Over the six weeks, we’ll read a variety of personal essays, experimental prose, blended genres, and craft essays that help us rethink the confines and constraints of traditional genre designations.

Start Date

January 11

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Class Times

6:30pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

6

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$365

In stock

Description

In this course, we will write and explore a wide range of hybrid work, as well as engage with essays on craft and theory. Over the six weeks, we’ll read a variety of personal essays, experimental prose, blended genres, and craft essays that help us rethink the confines and constraints of traditional genre designations. Some of our central questions include: What obligations does creative nonfiction have to truth, research, form, genre, and memory? Where do the lines of fiction and nonfiction blur? How can we apply literary techniques to other genres? How do different writers tell the same story? The structure of this course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and generative exercises, with a particular focus on writing prompts that will challenge you to cross genres and work in unconventional forms.


Week 1: Where Fiction and Nonfiction Meet – In the first week, we’ll explore technical and ethical questions around the blurred lines of fiction and creative nonfiction. After several generative exercises, we’ll discuss autofiction, creative license, hybridity, and what this means for us as readers and writers.

Week 2: The Function of Form – We’ll examine how form can support and complicate subject matter, as well as delve into work that implements unique or hybrid structures. We’ll also discuss mode and shape before trying to apply some of these ideas to our own writing.

Week 3: Blurring Point of View – This week we’ll read several works that blend or utilize multiple points of view. We’ll consider why these writers fight against the constraints of a singular point of view as well as dissect the benefits and creative rationale behind choosing a singular point of view.

Week 4: Narrative Across Genre – Diving into poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, we’ll explore how narrative functions and varies across different genres.

Week 5: The Hybridity of Research – Focused primarily on creative nonfiction, this week we’ll investigate writing that implements innovative and surprising research methods, presents research in unexpected ways, or relies on hybridity to amplify research.

Week 6: Revising Through Experimentation – Our final class will focus on how experimenting with different genres and hybrid forms can be a hugely beneficial part of the revision process. We’ll work together to develop strategies and exercises for refining multi-genre and hybrid work through multiple rounds of revision.


We are able to offer a limited amount of both 50% scholarships for our multi-week classes and 100% scholarships for our single-session classes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may receive one scholarship per term. Click here to apply for a scholarship spot.

About Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a writer, editor, critic, and educator. He earned his PhD in creative writing at Florida State University and his MFA at Northwestern University. Aram has also served as a creative writing mentor or instructor at the Adroit Journal, 826, Hugo House, and Open Books Chicago. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Gulf Coast, The Millions, The Rumpus, Cream City Review, Boulevard, Longreads, and many other publications. He is at work editing Imagining and Seeing: Voices of the Armenian Diaspora, an anthology of essays slated for publication with University of Texas Press in Fall 2022. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at PLU.