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Writing About Almost Nothing

What happens when nothing happens? What if there’s nothing to write about? Isn’t writer’s block a universal affliction? In this class, we’ll explore the infinite freedoms that exist in highly constrained writing. Sarah Manguso will present a large variety of poems and prose by authors who make great art of scant content, and students will undertake several related thinking and writing exercises.

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Instructor: Sarah Manguso

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 10/04/2018

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso is the author of 300 Arguments, Ongoingness, The Guardians, The Two Kinds of Decay, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, Siste Viator, and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Rome Prize, and her books have been translated into five languages. Her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in several editions of the Best American Poetry series, and her essays have appeared in in Harper's, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, and the Paris Review. She lives in Los Angeles and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Antioch and New England colleges.

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