For some introductory reading, I’ve placed links to a few short pieces I love that utilize artifact forms in the Course Material. Go ahead and click the “Materials” tab above to read those.
The bottom line is that Artifact Lit is a piece of creative writing told in the form of an artifact. I’m sure you are already familiar with the simplest approach to Artifact Lit: the story told in the form of a letter (Epistolary). We’ll be working in that form shortly.
As we go through this workshop, it might be a good idea to keep your own list of different artifacts that might make a great form for a poem/story/essay. Also, if you already know of some works that utilize an artifact form, please feel free to share them with us. I would love to add them to my master list.
Okay, now it’s time to write.
POEM AS OBITUARY: Victoria Chang’s “Obit” (Poetry, Nov 2019)
STORY AS CROSSWORD: K.B. Carle’s “Vagabond Mannequin” (Jellyfish Review, 2019)
POEM AS BINGO-CARD: Fatimah Asghar’s “Microagression Bingo” (The Rumpus, 2016)
STORY AS MADLIB: Kim Magowan’s “Madlib” (Okay Donkey, 2018)
ESSAY AS STATISTICAL ABSTRACT: Jess Walter’s “Statistical Abstract for my Home of Spokane, Washington” (McSweeny’s, 2011) *this may be a short story…I have seen it talked about as either/or