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Writing the Weird

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

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.

This is a free writing workshop intended for high school students. Students of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. Registration is open. Sign up here:

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Lee Conell’s story collection  Subcortical  will be published this November. She is pretty sure each of the stories in the collection were inspired by some form of weirdness. Her short fiction has been awarded the  Chicago Tribune 's Nelson Algren Award, and her stories appear in  Kenyon Review  online,  The Collagist ,  Glimmer Train , and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a Barry Hannah scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and support from the Yiddish Book Center. Lee has taught creative writing for Vanderbilt University, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and Southern Word.

Lee Conell’s story collection Subcortical will be published this November. She is pretty sure each of the stories in the collection were inspired by some form of weirdness. Her short fiction has been awarded the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and her stories appear in Kenyon Review online, The CollagistGlimmer Train, and elsewhere. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a Barry Hannah scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and support from the Yiddish Book Center. Lee has taught creative writing for Vanderbilt University, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and Southern Word.

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