The Obsessive I and the Eye
This workshop focuses on the obsessive I and the eye, that is the space between our selves’ interiors and the exterior world with its infinite variety. Exploring and obsessing about one usually serves to feed, reveal, and open up the other. We are vast, after all, and we contain multitudes. And what we find by looking deeply at the world in all its strangeness is what’s interesting in ourselves. Expect stimulating assignments and conversations about craft and hybridity, lifting ideas from readings in other genres that may help us rethink and revisit the bigger projects we’re working on.
This workshop is meant to be largely generative (we’ll be writing new work and starting things during our time together) but we’ll also make space to talk about your ongoing projects.
Ander Monson is the author of six books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, most recently Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf, 2015). A winner of the Graywolf nonfiction prize, the Annie Dillard award for Creative Nonfiction, and a Great Lakes Colleges Award for Nonfiction, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions prize and a National Book Critics Circle award, he edits the magazine DIAGRAM <thediagram.com>, the New Michigan Press, and Essay Daily <essaydaily.org>. Ander directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.