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PJ Seminar: Hermes and Apollo Walk Into a Story… A Master Class on Writing and Revising with Ana Menéndez

$70.00 · October 12

This class will combine exercises and discussion, with a particular emphasis on how the constraints of the Oulipo workshop can inform the work of revision and, paradoxically, free your creativity.

Start Date

October 12

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$70

In stock

Description

Hermes Writes; Apollo Revises. Where do stories come from? What is inspiration? Imagination?

In this class, we look to Hermes and Apollo for guidance. The trickster god and his rational brother never went away. They live on in pop psychology as Right Brain and Left Brain, in mainstream psychology as Divergent and Convergent, and in literary movements as a grab-bag of dualisms: Romanticism and Realism; Fire and Algebra, Surrealists and Oulipians … It doesn’t really matter if this duality is neurologically sound (for our purposes). Down the ages, it has survived as a shorthand for the dynamic forces of creativity.

Whatever name we give these polarities, at base they describe a sense of having two brains, two pathways to creation: The intuitive, poetic, playful well of inspiration, and the taskmaster, the censor, the priest of work. Of course, we need both.

This class will combine exercises and discussion to explore ways to incorporate these timeless ways of thinking to our own writing, with a particular emphasis on how the constraints of the Oulipo workshop can inform the work of revision and, paradoxically, free your creativity.

About Ana Menéndez

Ana Menéndez is an associate professor at FIU with joint appointments in English and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. Before joining FIU she taught creative writing at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. A former journalist, columnist, and freelance photographer, she has also lived in New Delhi, Istanbul, and Cairo, where she was a 2008-09 Fulbright Scholar. She has published four books of fiction. A fifth book, The Apartment, is forthcoming in June 2023.