Instructor: Zamora
TR Online SYNC 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM

Art calls for boundlessness, much like the human imagination. This advanced-level creative writing workshop explores intersections and weavings of genres including cross-genre forms and innovative/experimental mediums that may speak to, or are in communication with, other modalities of writing, art, pop culture, news, scientific texts, research, law, historical texts, and more.

In this discussion-centric, writing-intensive workshop, we will wonder in the current landscape of hybridity in contemporary creative writing, trace back the evolution of hybrid forms in history, and consider future possibilities of creating art in cross-genre and interdisciplinary forms. Cross-genre forms pull together a multiplicity of different genres—for instance, poetry, prose, and found imagery coexist in texts like Claudia Rankine’s Just Us: An American Conversation and C.D. Wright’s Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil; or how in Harrison Candelaria Fletcher’s book Presentimento: A Life in Dreams, the lines between nonfiction and imaginative memory become blurred in historical recreations of familial moments; or how Tommy Pico’s books Junk and Nature Poem incorporate the lyric, prose, and Kumeyaay narrative tradition of epic storytelling; or how in El Río. The River: A Collaboration, the art of Zoe Leonard’s photography meets Dolores Dorantes text and translations.

Interdisciplinary forms borrow structure and/or function from other genres and disciplines (such as paintings, tweets, telegrams, footnotes, sculptures, billboards, video games, films, postcards, websites, decks of cards, etc.) and may take many forms including flash memoir, prose poetry, chorus song, script notes, haibuns, and tactile representations of these cross-pollination moments. As a collective, we will wonder, examine, and investigate many examples of hybrid forms. Students will create their own hybrid art and final projects. Students will attend to the published art of those leading in hybrid forms, their own newly created art, and the art of other students in the class through celebration and analysis in a workshop format.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to/have:

· Analyze and discuss the relationship between a text’s form and its content, and how that relationship (complementary, juxtaposed, subverted, etc.) helps to produce and reveal the art’s expression.

· Engage in discussions centered around hybrid literature and how to translate the techniques of writing in undefined space into their own creative art.

· Gain familiarity with experimentation along with the advantages and challenges of working in forms that involve exploration of multiple genres, disciplines, and platforms for creativity.

· Become familiar with various literary, artistic, historical, social, cultural, and technological factors and motives that give rise to hybrid forms.

· Analyze and discuss the role that readers’ and writers’ expectations play in the creation and reception of hybrid forms.