Making It Strange, Making It Real: Writing Literary Fantasy
In this class, we will explore ways to represent the world we know in the fullness of its reality, both the “real” and the surreal. We will discuss examples of magical realism, in which inner lives manifest as strange external phenomena. Through discussion and exercise, we will see how inner lives are formed from composites of individual and community modes of seeing. By pairing conflicts based in human relationships with fantastical plot elements, this class will provide writers with new ways of generating stories.
About the Instructor: George Hovis grew up in rural Gaston County, North Carolina. His debut novel The Skin Artist, nominated for the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award and a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award, tells the story of Charlotte’s emergence in the 90s as a “world-class city,” one with deep and often tortured connections to the surrounding hinterlands. George’s stories and essays have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including The Carolina Quarterly, Southern Cultures, New Madrid, and The North Carolina Literary Review. He is a professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, where he was awarded the 2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.