‘Read!’ is good advice for those who want to get better at writing – but how exactly do we learn from reading and turn inspiration into craft? This workshop teaches the basics of Deep Reading, a patient, critical, mindful way of engaging with literature. Over seven weeks, we’ll take closer looks at selected writings by authors such as Samuel R. Delaney, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Leonora Carrington. You’ll learn how to use rhythm and sound to tell a story, how to make mere description captivating, and how to create a voice or point of view in a few sentences. In-class writing exercises will encourage you to refine your own style with the same attention to detail. Furthermore, you’ll be able to share your own work in a friendly, informal, and supportive environment. No advance reading of any book necessary; Deep Reading 1 and 2 complement each other and can be taken in any order.
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MICHAEL DUSZAT studied English and German Literature and Language, gradually discovering the virtues of slow reading while falling behindon his reading list. After getting a Dr. phil. in American Studies, he developed his own Deep Reading workshops as a way for readers and writers of all kinds to engage with literature. He likes writing collage essays, documentary poetry, weird short fiction, and other obscure forms. In his spare time, he offers editing and coaching services, as well as German language lessons.