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“It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes.”—Gustave Flaubert
The workshop will be based on Gustave Flaubert’s sense that a writer can imagine anything, while recognizing that it is often in the confluence of contradiction, found in metaphor and simile, where the most profound human experiences can be found.
Participants will do in-class exercises, read each other’s work and respond to assigned in-class reading. We will devote time to essential writing skills and we will delve into the more mysterious areas of writing: metaphor and simile, the senses and synaesthesia, dialogue, etymology and music.
We will discuss literature as a “fragmentary-whole” through exploration of experimental language and different voices, which T.S. Eliot describes in his essay on the Metaphysical Poets. “The ordinary man’s experience is always chaotic, irregular, fragmentary," he writes, "The latter falls in love, or reads Spinoza, and these two experiences have nothing to do with each other, or with the noise of the typewriter or the smell of cooking…”
Class meets Tuesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9.
Students are chosen by Jennifer Clement on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by Friday, September 24 at 5 pm. View the submission guidelines. Scholarship assistance is available. Applications must be returned to Scholarship Services at least two weeks before the first session.
Online programs:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase
In-person programs:Adults and children ages 12+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend our in-person programs.
Masks must be worn at all times by everyone over the age of 2.
Jennifer Clement is the president of PEN International, the first woman to be elected since the organization was founded in 1921. Clement is the author of the novels A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, Prayers for the Stolen, and Gun Love, for which she was nominated for the National Book Award. She is also the author of several poetry books, including The Next Stranger, and the acclaimed memoir Widow Basquiat. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She lives in Mexico City.
Advanced Fiction with Jennifer Clement