Beyond literal specters and poltergeists, the field of hauntology sketches a kind of paradigm of haunting. It's concerned with the memories, narratives, and cultural understandings that refuse to stay buried, and that return to our present to disrupt and complicate the stories we're trying to tell: "the return or persistence of elements from the social or cultural, as in the manner of a ghost."
Drawing on concepts laid out in work like that of Avery Gordon and Mark Fisher, this class will facilitate writing that makes space for the past to become visible in the present. We'll explore the recurring themes that insist on making themselves repeatedly known in our communities and our lives, and experiment with repetition as a method of engagement with the persistence of our individual and collective pasts in both form and content.
This class includes some lecture elements, highlighting and considering work in the hauntology space both as theoretical texts and as a place to dialogue with as writers; and discussion, thinking through these ideas together and sharing what they bring up for us. Finally, it includes a lot of in-class writing, responding to our discussions and writing prompts in conversation with the themes at hand.
As far as my credentials — I taught creative writing and composition in university environments for many years before moving into digital media, where I worked directly with hundreds of writers on personal essays and multigenre works as an editor. I've previously taught through the Loft Literary Center, Woodland Pattern, and Catapult.
Participants will leave this workshop with surprising new writing and a new relationship with the stories and beliefs that haunt them, benevolently or not.
This class is a single four-hour session over Zoom, with one ten-minute break. Recording and transcript will be provided, as well as copies of slides & materials used in class; captions will be available during the session.
If there are other accommodations that would make this class more accessible to you, please reach out
and ask! Reduced prices are available for BIPOC — email me
for a 25% off coupon code.Note: this is not a workshop, which means writers will not be receiving formal feedback on their writing, and we will not be sharing work with each other, but will discuss process and co-write.