WRITING YOUR REALITY: The situation and the context
Sundays, July 12 to August 16, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:30pm EST
A generative and writing exchange workshop in fiction
A good story is like afang soup. It rarely happens by accident. This workshop is about putting all the elements together that make for a compelling narrative, and doing so with authority and conviction. Like all art forms, the context of any writing is crucial to understanding its purpose. Through a series of discussions, writing and reading exercises, as well as exchanging our work, we shall interrogate our process for choosing what to write by tackling the following questions: Why do you write? For whom do you write? To whom do you write?
2020 Maison Baldwin Residency Fellow Chiedozie Dike is a Nigerian copywriter and lawyer. His prize-winning short story “Diagnosis” and his flash fiction “The Man of Her Dreams” – shortlisted for the Afreada Photo Story Competition in 2017 – appear in the anthologies A Feast for Memory and On Such Days and Other Stories. His debut novel is due for publication in 2021, and he is currently working on his second book.
This workshop is a culmination of his observations in teaching fiction writing within community spaces. He believes the situation of writers is just as crucial to telling compelling stories as is their imagination. To build convincing fictional worlds, writers must first take honest account of their own realities.