The Surreal Seminar
This fiction/open genre writing seminar was part of Austin Bat Cave’s Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival 2020
From Duchamp to Macahdo, how has the thread of surrealism woven its way from visual art into writing? In this seminar, we’ll explore the history of surrealism in visual and written forms, and how this mode has evolved to impact literature today. We will survey and dissect the early tenets of Surrealism in favor of a closer look at contemporary Surrealism that is modern, inclusive, and vibrant.
In this class, we’ll discuss theories of writing the way an artist discusses canvas and paint, and how to create space for play, exploration, and the freedom to create first drafts written from the depths. We’ll also examine three surreal short stories together, then have a Q+A that allows for a robust discussion.
About the Instructor
Sarah Rose Etter