The Surreal Seminar: A One-Day Exploration with Sarah Rose Etter


Open-Genre Online Seminar
part of ABC’s Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival**

Time & Date:
Thursday, August 6th, 7:00 — 9:00 pm CT

Member Price: $26.25*

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. Each attendee will receive a reading packet and a series of writing prompts to be used after class in order to explore the subconscious mind through a surrealist approach.

*applies to Literary Superstar Membership Level only

**ABC will be donating a portion of the proceeds from our SSSF to the Austin Justice Coalition

This class is open to writers at all levels.

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About the Instructor:

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party and The Book of X, her first novel, which was a finalist The Believer Book Award. Her fiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, BOMB, The Cut, VICE, and more.
She has been awarded residences at Disquiet International program in Portugal and the Gullkistan Writing Residency in Iceland. She earned her B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College. She lives in Austin, TX.

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