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Using Slang, Foreign Language, and Invented Language as a Tool for World Building: A Fiction Workshop

  • Nashville Public Library 615 Church Street Nashville, TN, 37219 United States (map)

Workshop seating is limited, so RSVP is required. This is a free event open to any high school student.

Register for the morning workshop, 10 - Noon, herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-slang-and-foreign-language-fiction-workshop-tickets-18914066482

Register for the afternoon workshop, 1:30 - 3:30, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-slang-and-foreign-language-fiction-workshop-tickets-18914090554

One of the big things that makes us, as readers of fiction, read on into a book is mystery and, very often, that mystery comes in the form of a word or idea we don't yet understand. As a writer, one way to rope your readers in is to deliberately use words that you know your audience might not understand, and then, through context, teach your readers the meaning of those words. This is a tool used frequently in fantasy as well as literary writing. In this workshop we will explore several examples of this invaluable literary tool and learn how we can best employ this strategy in our own fiction.

Rita Bullwinkel   lives in Nashville, TN where she is a graduate fiction fellow at Vanderbilt University, the fiction editor of  the   Nashville Review  , a Vanderbilt Commons Writer in Residence and the founder of Band of Poets, a monthly reading series at Bobby's Idle Hour, the historic bar on Nashville's music row. Her fiction has appeared in many places including   Spork  ,   The Atlas Review  ,   The Fanzine  ,   Deep South Magazine  ,   The Brooklyn Rail   and   Joyland  . She is a Sewanee Writer’s Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship Award winner and a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation grantee. This fall her story "Lunch" is being published in the book   Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction   alongside work by Phillip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Jonathan Lethem. She was also recently a finalist for   The Conium Review  's Innovative Short Fiction Prize judged by Amelia Gray. Read more about her at:   ritabullwinkel.com

Rita Bullwinkel lives in Nashville, TN where she is a graduate fiction fellow at Vanderbilt University, the fiction editor of  the Nashville Review, a Vanderbilt Commons Writer in Residence and the founder of Band of Poets, a monthly reading series at Bobby's Idle Hour, the historic bar on Nashville's music row. Her fiction has appeared in many places including SporkThe Atlas ReviewThe FanzineDeep South MagazineThe Brooklyn Rail and Joyland. She is a Sewanee Writer’s Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship Award winner and a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation grantee. This fall her story "Lunch" is being published in the book Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction alongside work by Phillip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard and Jonathan Lethem. She was also recently a finalist for The Conium Review's Innovative Short Fiction Prize judged by Amelia Gray. Read more about her at: ritabullwinkel.com