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“Practical Magic” with Gina Ochsner
May 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm$10
From Hawthorne and Poe to Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Karen Russell, Magic Realism is a robust literary tradition. But just what makes Magic Realism both magical and realistic has sparked literary controversy for readers and writers alike. In this class we will not only discuss the principles, narrative design, and dynamics of stories written out of the tradition of Magic Realism, but also try our hand at creating magic realism pieces. We will examine how narrative and fictive time, setting, character, phenomena/event, myth, belief, and tradition work in conjunction to create stories that are both magical and realistic, credible and incredible. Be prepared to embark on unexpected journeys and discovers and don’t be too surprised if you come away from this session with a plethora of new story ideas that are unlike any others you’ve had.
Gina Ochsner teaches at Corban University where she also directs the Portals Young Adult Writing Conference. Ochsner also teaches with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. Ochsner has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The is the author of two short-story collections, The Necessary Grace to Fall, which was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and People I Wanted to Be, which received an Oregon Book Award. She is the author of two novels, The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, and The Hidden Letters of Velta B. Learn more about Ochsner at www.ginaochsner.com
About Our Monthly Mid-Valley Chapter Meetings & Speaker Series
Meeting Date & Schedule
Typically the First Thursday of the month (unless it conflicts with a holiday, usually Sept. and/or Jan.) from September-May. No meetings in December, July, or August.
6:30-7:00 p.m. Social Time and Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m. News, Upcoming Events, and Member Announcements
7:15-8:30 p.m. Speaker
8:30 p.m. Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m. Questions and Book Signing
Chapters meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students, suggested $10 donation for non-members.
Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are held at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405