The Everyday Fantastic - Writing Workshop with Bob Proehl

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Sometimes in order to write truthfully about the real world, you have to leave it. In this [workshop? class?] we'll explore using fantastic elements in fiction writing. With prompts and discussions about works by George Saunders, Karen Russell, and Colson Whitehead, we'll encourage and generate fiction that leaves the real world behind in order to look at it with fresh eyes to see how strange the everyday can be.

Bob Proehl is the author of The Nobody People and A Hundred Thousand Worlds, a Booklist best book of the year. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He was a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. His work has appeared on Salon, as part of the 33⅓ book series, and in American Short Fiction.

Funding for this event provided by the Nell B. Currie and Antoinette McNamara Fund of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.