Elizabeth McKenzie

Telling It Slant — The Essence of Plot and Discovery: Hosted by Elizabeth McKenzie

May 11, 2024
11:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Ticket sales end: May 9, 2024

About this workshop

In this workshop we’ll talk about ways to surprise ourselves as writers of fiction by defamiliarizing the ordinary in our work. We’ll experiment with some of the “restraint based generative devices” used by the Surrealists to discover ways to prompt new ideas; participants will also be asked to bring passages from works-in-progress to which we will apply some of these methods that reinvigorate our prose and break us out of habitual syntactic ruts. We will discuss how keeping things off-center at both the big picture and sentence level creates dynamic novels and stories.

Elizabeth McKenzie’s novel The Dog of the North was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction. Her novel The Portable Veblen was longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and received the California Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, ZYZZYVA, and others. McKenzie is the managing editor of Catamaran and senior editor of Chicago Quarterly Review. She recently completed a translation of Giacomo Sartori’s Anatomy of the Battle through an NEA Translation Fellowship with partner Michela Martini.

Ticket details

Tickets to attend this workshop are $150. Cancellations or refunds are only honored until one week before the workshop date; after that date, all ticket sales are final.