Upside Down: Writing the Familiar into Strange with Roohi Choudhry


6-week Online Open-Genre Workshop — 20 students

Time & Date:
Tuesdays, 6:00pm — 8:30pm
October 13th — November 17th


Member Price: $296.25*

A limited number of spots in each workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate. Apply for a scholarship here. For more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

If you’re feeling sapped of creativity and craving escape from the mundane, inspiration is right in front of you. This is a generative writing class about unearthing strange stories inside familiar rooms. We’re accustomed to searching for ideas in the outside world — sketching from nature or capturing family drama or scribbling down overheard conversations on the street. In this class, we turn inward. We’ll mine the drips and drabs from everyday objects and incorporate magic, fantasy and horror to turn the banal into the babadook. Using discussions, readings, prompts and games, we’ll spot the spooky stories hiding within familiar rooms, books, songs and memories.

The one-day Writing the Familiar into Strange session will focus on fresh insight into the mundane through prompts and discussion. This six-week workshop will be a deeper dive, including weekly readings from fantasy and speculative genres and discussions about how to use these genres to inject weirdness into ideas of plot, description, character, and setting. The six-week class will also include an optional take-home prompt each week to practice further as well as the opportunity for a short one-on-one “office hours” session with Roohi at the end of the class. You’ll come away with favorite writers to read, craft questions to ponder and best of all: a notebook stuffed with story beginnings.

This is a class for anyone who wants to jumpstart their writing, from absolute beginners to seasoned writers who might be stuck for ideas.

*applies to The Novel Membership Level only

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Roohi Choudhry was born in Pakistan and grew up in southern Africa and the middle east. As a creative writer who worked for a decade in data analysis and social research, she is passionate about helping people use structure and systems alongside creative intuition. Awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2015, her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, Longreads and the Kenyon Review, among others. She holds degrees in Economics and marketing research as well as an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She now teaches fiction, memoir and creative writing in New York City and online. Find out more at brooklynstani.com.

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