Experimenting in Creative Writing
Presented by Ryan O’Neill
Saturday 2nd March, 12noon – 4pm
An interactive workshop that looks at attempting new forms and techniques in your writing. Most published fiction is set in a recognisably ‘real’ place, with recognisably ‘real’ characters with a linear plot where ‘something’ happens, that leads on to the next event, and so on. But though this is the default for many writers, fiction does not have to be written this way. A story can be anything- a letter of complaint, a poem with a commentary, footnotes, a list. And rather than pretending that the characters actually exist, it is possible to draw attention to the fact they are simply inventions.
When readers see the words ‘experimental fiction’ they probably have an image of pretentious and unengaging writing, but nothing could be further from the truth. In this workshop we will look at different ways of experimenting in your writing, in form, technique and style, and also what is to be gained (and sometimes lost) from experimentation. With examples from a range of experimental fiction, we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of experimentation for writers, and readers, as well as try several writing exercises to generate experimental writing of our own.