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Experimenting with Form: Using Different Narrative Forms to Write Your Story

As a spin-off of the talk given at this year's Inkubator "More Than One Way: Writing Fiction in Non-traditional Forms," this generative workshop offers writers the opportunity to experiment with different forms of narrative fiction that deviate away from the classic three and four-act structures and linear plots of the Western world.
The class will include lectures, time to generate work, and time to workshop each other's stories. Readings will include works from Jamaica Kincaid, Ocean Vuong, and Haruki Murakami. Forms of narrative will include spirals, radials, fractals (as guided by Jane Alison's book "Meander, Spiral, Explode"), and others. The goal of the class is for participants to walk away with their own experimental work that they will craft during the class and with the knowledge of existing literature that uses non-linear plots.
Instructor: Nardine Taleb is a speech-language pathologist, Prose Editor at Gordon Square Review, and writer. She is the author of warda, a poetry chapbook published in 2023. Her poetry and fiction has been published in Electric Literature, The Offing, Rattle, Frontier Poetry, Mizna, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and others. She is a graduating resident of the Anderson Center at Tower View in Minnesota where she worked on a short story collection.


Details: Experimenting with Form: Using Different Narrative Forms to Write Your Story meets Saturdays February 24, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, and March 30 from 11am-1pm online remotely via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: Emerging

Format: Generative workshop with writing in class and outside of class and group sharing.

Location: This class takes place online remotely via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with another generative fiction writing workshop or a feedback course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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