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PJ Seminar: A Master Class on Nonlinear Approaches to Structuring the Novel with Zeyn Joukhadar

$70.00 · December 14

In this seminar, we will focus on how to get the form of our work to participate meaningfully in its content through non-Western and nonlinear approaches to storytelling.

Start Date

December 14

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$70

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Description

What becomes possible when novelists break out of the confines of linearity in narrative, and how can we unify a story marked by fragmentation or polyvocality?

In this seminar, we will focus on how to get the form of our work to participate meaningfully in its content through non-Western and nonlinear approaches to storytelling. We’ll talk about the ways that we can use the structure of our novels to support the weight of the narrative and deliver it more effectively to the reader while presenting time, history, and relationships as we experience them: as being braided, intertwined, collective, asynchronous, and/or polyphonic.

We will also touch on the ways that the structure of the modern novel has been influenced by structures of power that seek to discredit the stories of marginalized, oppressed, and colonized peoples by discrediting storytelling modes that are rooted in collectivity, polyvocality, multiplicity, and nonlinear concepts of time, and the ways that telling stories in these modes can challenge the unseen “eye”/“I” of power.

About Zeyn Joukhadar

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novels The Thirty Names of Night, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award, and The Map of Salt and Stars, which won the Middle East Book Award and was a Goodreads Choice Awards and Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize finalist. His work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review, [PANK], and elsewhere, has been included in anthologies such as Kink, This Arab Is Queer, and others, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Joukhadar guest edited Mizna's 2020 Queer + Trans Voices issue, serves on the board of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and mentors emerging writers of color with the Periplus Collective.