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Friday, April 6 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
3B: Dreams, Visions, and Hallucinations in Fiction
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As an art form, fiction's true canvas isn't the blank page—it's the individual human imagination. The inner landscape is a fiction writer's proprietary domain, and because our stories unfold primarily as refracted through our characters' minds, we're uniquely positioned to push against the outer limits of objective reality. In other words, we have the freedom to play around with space and time and perception in interesting ways—including via dreams, visions, and hallucinations. In this craft session we'll look at successful passages of hallucinatory fiction from such authors as Arundhati Roy, Cormac McCarthy, and Denis Johnson, interrogating their function in the context of the story, breaking them down to see how they work, and discussing how we might apply what we've learned to our own fiction.

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Tim Weed

Tim Weed's first novel, Will Poole's Island (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year. His short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (2017), has been shortlisted for the International Book Awards, the New Rivers Press... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor
  Block 3, Lecture