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Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls

August 23, 2022 @ EST 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by James Whorton’s master class on Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls. Writing prompts to consider as you create:

Write a quick scene in which an animal, human or nonhuman eats something it should not have eaten. Write it fast! (I am thinking of the sow in Chapter 3, but take this in any direction.)

Crank out a quick passage in which an omniscient narrator is stumped. In other words, this narrator has access to all the facts but is at a loss to explain them.

Write a depiction of a person in a room of that person’s home. Use the objects in the room to tell about the person.

Describe an outlandish, amoral scheme for making big money.

Think about the place where you live–your homeland or home town, your city or neighborhood. Now think about how people get around there–by car, by bicycle, on foot, by the RTS bus? Think about roads, too, and distances. Pick one mode of travel and write an appreciation of it–a passage of writing that conveys a full sense of what it’s like to travel that way, or to be in a place that is traveled through in that way. The mode of travel is a way into how people live in a place.

This virtual class facilitated by Alison Meyers is streamed via Zoom. Reserve your ticket below.

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August 23, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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W&B Online Class
Rochester, United States


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