Advanced Weekend Fiction Intensive: A Tolerance for Ambiguity with Justin Torres

$525.00 Members
$585.00 Non-members

Gloria Anzaldúa announced the arrival of the new New Mestiza consciousness thusly: “She learns to juggle cultures. She has a plural personality, she operates in a pluralistic mode—nothing is thrust out, the good, the bad, and the ugly, nothing rejected, nothing abandoned. Not only does she sustain contradictions, she turns the ambivalence into something else.” What might this mean for our purposes as fiction writers, what is this 'something else' ambivalence might be morphed into? How does Anzaldúa’s point on the necessity of pluralistic thought when ‘reading’ culture echo Keats’ idea of the importance of negative capability in literature, “The capacity to be in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”? For Keats, the greatest writers were capable of this, and to that end, the purpose of this workshop will not be so much to fix your stories, but to keep them from becoming too fixed. As we workshop pieces we'll constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to deepen the negative capability of the work itself. Accepted participants will submit up to 15 pages by noon (MST) on May 15.

Applications for Lit Fest advanced workshops close on March 14 and can be found here. Learn more about Lit Fest Advanced Workshops here. Accepted writers will be given the password to register for the workshop in late March.

Instructor: Justin Torres Learn More


Jun 13, 2020 8:30am - 12:30pmJun 14, 2020 8:30am - 12:30pm