May 2020: Artifact Lit

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Artifact Lit: Exploring New Forms

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if contemporary writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, powerpoints, tweetstorms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, youtube comments, .gifs—you name it. The first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms your writing can take is endless.

This generative workshop will explore a variety of modern, experimental forms for stories, poems, and essays. You’ll try writing that thing you’ve been working on in a totally new, totally odd way. You’ll try writing under formal restrictions that might bring out lines you never knew you had in you. This workshops is for stuck writers, brave writers, weird writers, and blocked writers.


About the Instructor

Tyler Barton is the author of The Quiet Part Loud (2019) which won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest from Split Lip Press. He’s the event producer for FEAR NO LIT, a literary organization he co-founded with Erin Dorney. His short fiction has been published widely in journals and magazines such as Kenyon ReviewSubtropicsThe Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Cincinnati Review, Necessary Fiction, Waxwing, Passages North, and others.

His manuscript, Where the Rubies Live, has been a finalist for the 2019 Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the 2019 Yellow Shoe Fiction Open Reading Period from LSU Press. Stories from that manuscript have been awarded prizes from Kenyon Review, Phoebe Journal, The Chicago Review of Books, Midwestern Gothic and Press 53.

He lives in Lancaster, PA, and is currently at work on a novel.

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