Writing the Forbidden: Fiction

Writing the Forbidden: Fiction

Jennifer Tseng
Fiction
March 27 to March 31, 2017
Tuition Cost: 
$500
Class Size: 
12
Session: 
Spring
Level: 
1-Week Intensive

In this one-week fiction intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma, ecstasy, poverty, wealth, sexuality, aging, mental illness, family secrets etc.); some feel forbidden to write about people different than themselves; for others, certain genres are forbidden. Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention. We will proceed as a group of risk-takers together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. I will emphasize intuitive methods and ask you to cleave to what makes your secret heart beat faster. Daily readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. At the end of the week, you will receive a detailed, written response to your work. Everyone welcome.

Biography

JENNIFER TSENG is the author of two award-winning poetry books, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) and Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), and a novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015). MAYUMI has been featured in the Boston GlobeLA TimesHuffington PostElle, and Financial Times. A finalist for the New England Book Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, it has been translated into Italian and is forthcoming in Danish. Tseng is currently at work on a book of poems and a novel.

Academic Year: 
2016-2017