Vision is a powerful instrument in life and literature. When we read fiction, we rely on the author’s words to evoke a place where sounds are heard, flavors tasted, scents smelled, and textures felt, but above all we trust the language to appeal to our sense of sight. Indeed, if it doesn’t, we may well set the narrative aside. In this workshop, which will be both generative and constructive, images will inspire the fiction we write and lend it coherence, cohesion, and meaning. Throughout this workshop we will approach fiction as a discipline that makes use of narrative strategies as well as strategies of lyricism, painting, drawing, and photography, art forms that cannot render causality except by implication and impart their meanings through exploration of stasis and techniques of compression.
In addition to reading a wide variety of narratives that make central of images, students may expect one writing prompt per week and the opportunity to have their own original fiction, whether flash, short, or long, discussed in a safe environment in which all members of the workshop agree on the value of helping stories find their larger audience.