In this four-week asynchronous workshop we will begin—each week—with an impossible premise. We will write through the inconceivable, the ridiculous, the tragic, the miraculous. We will bend a nonsensical joke until it turns into a poem that becomes a prayer. We will write the ridiculous until it becomes a story that not only we believe in, but one that guide us. We will compose miracles until they become the ground we stand on. This workshop is a multi-genre workshop. All forms are welcome (poetry, fiction, hybrid, memoir, essay, flash, fragment, and everything in between). We will read CA Conrad, Franz Kafka, Mary Ruefle, Donald Barthelme, Lydia Davis, Aimee Bender, Ilya Kaminsky, Nikolai Gogol, Gertrude Stein and others to keep us company.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Wild Milk, her first book of fiction, is recently out from Dorothy, a publishing project. Happily, which began as a monthly column on fairytales and motherhood in The Paris Review, is forthcoming from Random House in 2023. She has received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She lives in Athens, Georgia.