Do you have a nonfiction story that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Both collage and braided forms in creative non-fiction resist linear development, relying instead on fragmentation, silence, and resonance to shape ideas and story. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other.” In this class, we will consider how writers have shaped their stories using narrative strategies of breakagae and weaving. We may ask ourselves how history, philosophy, art, literature, mythology and film might add to our chosen narratives.
Classtime will be spent discussing outside reading, engaging in writing exercises, and responding to each other’s work. Students will leave class with a deeper understanding of these nontraditional forms as well as a draft of a new story or essay.