A deep-sea ghost shark is filmed for the first time. A dad mows the lawn calmly as a tornado whirls in the distance. A moldy sandwich that looks like Mickey Mouse is selling for 30 thousand dollars. A truck carrying dough overflows after heat makes the dough rise. We live in a weird world. In this class, we will focus on starting stories that write toward strangeness, stories that may make the bizarre seem normal and that may make the normal seem bizarre. In writing the weird, we'll discuss how strong images, sensory details, and characterization can be used to create stories that are not just strange, but emotionally resonant.