Tell it Slant: Different Approaches to Narrative in Fiction
As Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Tell the truth but tell it slant–.”
In this workshop, we will be looking at different ways to approach narrative in fiction. This could be as simple as shifts in point of view and character. Or it could be a bit more structural, with the use of a fragmented or a narrative that has a unique shape or pattern. We will be looking at texts that demonstrate different approaches to narrative, and discuss how telling it slant can draw a reader in and add complexity to a story. We will also be creating our own “slanted” text.
Examples of what we might read include selections from: Ru by Kim Thuy, Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Valley of the Girls” by Kelly Link, “Inventory” by Carmen Maria Machado, and “Autobiography of Red” by Anne Carson.
We will also refer to the text Meander, Spiral, Explode:Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Alison as a reference point for the class.