Stereotypes, Archetypes, Lies, Spies & Disguises: Fiction Workshop
Dates: 8 Mondays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 5
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Instructor: Keenan Norris
Have you always wanted to put your stories down on paper but never quite felt like you were a “Writer,” whatever that means? Or maybe you’ve been writing your ideas down for years but have never committed to taking a class or joining a writing group.
Whether you’re looking for your muse or wanting to polish and refine the voice that you’ve already found, this workshop course will be a great place to plunge into storytelling. We’ll begin with the understanding that we’re all writers working together to learn about our craft, get our stories started, find our best narrative through-lines, and polish our drafts.
We’ll do some reading of and listening to great storytellers past and present. I’ll facilitate the creative process by sharing exercises that I’ve developed in my teaching practice. Last, but not least, we’ll workshop our work, uncovering the hidden gems within our writing and embracing the truth that all writing is a process of re-envisioning our words, characters, and stories.
Keenan Norris’s first novel, Brother and the Dancer, was published by Heyday Books and won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. His short story collection by the lemon tree will be published in September. Sundress Publications nominated his essay “To the Chi” for a 2017 Best of the Net" award for non-fiction narrative.
Keenan is completing his next novel, set in star-crossed Oakland, and a non-fiction book about Richard Wright, Chicago, and the problem with “Chi-Raq.” He is the editor of Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape, and his short work has appeared in numerous forums, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Oakland Noir, and BOOM: A Journal of California. Keenan served as tenured faculty at Evergreen Valley College from 2013-2018 and recently joined San Jose State's MFA in Creative Writing faculty.
More about Keenan: www.keenannorris.com