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Jumpstart Your Writing: Global Perspectives at Grub Street
April 1 @ 6:00 pm - May 20 @ 9:00 pm$325 – $340
As writers, we are encouraged to read widely, across genres and boundaries, yet only 3% of work published in English is that in translation, according to the University of Rochester. Where does that leave us as writers who wish to experience and learn from other places, which might offer alternative literary traditions, writing techniques, and aesthetic trajectories? In this class, we’ll only scratch the surface of what’s out there in terms of global writing both in English and in translation, but you’ll gain exposure to a range of authors, publishers, and even literary movements. We’ll also talk about translation, and what we as writers can learn from how translators discuss the invaluable work they do.
Whether you’ve never written creatively before or you’re an experienced writer wanting a recharge, this multi-genre course can serve you with its simple goal: to devote three hours of the week to writing within literary traditions from around the world. Through a series of engaging reading and writing exercises every week, we will activate our experiences and imaginations and bring them to the page, constructing moods, characters, and settings, creating imagery, and exploring the nuances of voice. We will read works by writers such as Can Xue, Ariana Harwicz, Olga Tokarczuk, Akwaeke Emezi, Mahir Guven, and Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.