The Flesh Made Word: Writing Allegory

10/26/2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET


Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1

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What are the opportunities and pitfalls of writing idea-driven fiction?  In this workshop, we will explore allegory, fable, and parable in both their traditional and contemporary forms. Through discussion and writing prompts, we will consider how all stories embody ideas and how they therefore wrestle with the tension between the welter of lived experience and the imagined order we impose on that experience through narrative. Our goal is to write characters who are fully blooded but who mean something, to craft plots that dip two toes in the ancient pool of archetype but that learn to run with the flash of newborn surprise. This class meets on two Tuesdays, October 26 & November 2, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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.

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