Tomorrow night I'm leading a workshop as part of Indiana Review's Blue Light Reading and Workshop Series. Come join us at Hopscotch Coffee in Bloomington as we talk about repetition in our work.
Maybe you can’t step in the same river twice, but you can—and you do—go back to the same well, and even Heraclitus repeated himself. What image keeps haunting your work? What are your narrative tics? What’s your “Hail Mary pass” source of conflict: Injury? Death? Pregnancy? Infidelity? Failed marriages? Know thy weakness and bring it with you to workshop. Think our literary heroes don’t repeat themselves? Think again. Let’s get to the bottom of our repetitions and consider how we might transform them into new possibilities for our work. Bring one or two examples of images, phrases, or conflicts you find yourself returning to in your work, as well as a pen and paper.
The following evening I'll be reading at the Bishop with Matthew Gavin Frank and Tarfia Faizullah.