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Magic as Emotional Translation with Hajrije Kolimja

$280.00 · June 6

What can magic offer in narratives that strict realism cannot? In this class, we’ll be looking at the utility of magic in fiction writing—particularly investigating how it helps us translate experiences of extreme emotion and the multiplicitous identities of which they are a part.

Start Date

June 6

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Class Times

6:30pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

4

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$280

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Description

What can magic offer in narratives that strict realism cannot? In this class, we’ll be looking at the utility of magic in fiction writing—particularly investigating how it helps us translate experiences of extreme emotion and the multiplicitous identities of which they are a part.

Beloved. The House of the Spirits. The Bloody Chamber. These works don’t simply include magic; they use it to articulate experiences around emotionally complex subject matter. How else might the genre of speculative fiction help us to get unstuck from the confines of reality and speak the unspeakable? How can magic and other elements of fantastic or “weird” fiction translate pathos not with words, but with phenomena? In this class, writers will practice managing extreme emotions in their short or long fiction. We will explore magic in folk tales, fairy tales, as well as contemporary short stories and novels. Craft lessons will center around fantastical traditions as well as the practice of translation. Writers will participate in activities to generate magical material for the emotional truths they wish to reach toward in their fiction. Students will produce a new short story or intensively revise a work in progress, and they will have the opportunity to read their work in our space.


No reading outside of class! We will be reading excerpts in class, instead—specifically work by Toni Morrison, Kelly Link, Helen Oyeyemi, and Angela Carter.

Class includes:

  • Optional sharing of student work in class
  • In-class writing exercises

About Hajrije Kolimja

Hajrije Kolimja is an Albanian-born writer raised in the Midwest. She is the recipient of a Fulbright research and writing grant to Albania, where she created the country’s first youth writing program and online writing lab. She holds an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and is an MFA candidate in Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is working on a novel and short stories, and she teaches at the University of Iowa.