The Surreal and the Strange through Prompts: A Generative Workshop
This four-week workshop will walk students through the great surreal prose poets of our age. The tutor, Jose Hernandez Diaz, will share his own unique prompts and sample prose poems written to the same prompts, so students can gain insight into the improvisation and editing process. Students will walk away with tips and valuable advice on getting their poems out there.
About the course
U.K: 125 GBP
United States: 185 USD
Saturday August 5, 2023
Saturday August 12, 2023
Saturday August 19, 2023
Saturday August 26, 2023
All Sessions Will Take Place at 09:00AM Pacific Standard Time or 16:00PM Greenwich Mean Time
4 weeks - August 5 - 26, 2023
Adrienne Crezo, student
The workshop atmosphere is very positive and open (just like Jose!), and everyone is encouraged to share (or not) according to their own comfort level. This was the most generative class I’ve taken to date; my first published piece of poetry was written in class with Jose from one of his prompts, and three others I started throughout the course have been accepted for publication. If every Litro Masterclass is half as rewarding and educational as this one, then they’re all worth much more than they cost. If you have a chance to workshop with Jose Hernandez Diaz, take it.
In this course, writers will be exposed to surreal and strange prose poems by established masters. We will take a look at writers such as James Tate, Marosa di Giorgio, Sabrina Orah Mark, Ray Gonzalez, and Russell Edson. Once we have exposure to some of the great surreal prose poets of our age, Jose will share his own unique prompts and sample prose poems written to the same prompts, so students can gain insight into the improvisation and editing process. Jose will offer stories of his experience with submissions and offer valuable advice to writers.
In this four-week course, students will be encouraged (optional) to share one of their surreal and strange prose poems written in class per week with Jose via email, and he will provide feedback. This class coincides with our Surreal and Strange Prose Poetry Competition.
Jose will be judging shortlisted entries for the contest.
How you will learn
Our team of editors, novelists and scriptwriters will provide a helping hand – making you a more confident writer.
Thanks to our status as a platform for discovering the best literary talent – having helped kick-start the careers of several literary writers to acclaim, such as Nikesh Shukla, Naomi Alderman, Peng Shepherd, Clare Wigfall, Stuart Evers, Inua Ellams and others on the Man Booker Prize longlists – we have far-reaching external networks that create opportunities for your work to get in front of editors, agents and publishers. You will learn through:
- Generating and pitching ideas
- Submissions best practices and feedback
- Live readings & performances
- Writing and sharing your work online
- Specialist workshops
- Live salons
José Hernandez Diaz
Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of a collection of prose poems: The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020). He holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from UC Berkeley and Antioch University Los Angeles. His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Georgia Review, Huizache, Iowa Review, The Nation, Poetry, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Currently, he is an Editor for Frontier and Palette Poetry.
Jose’s workshop was practical, hands-on, and very generative: his imaginative writing prompts helped me draft over a dozen prose poems that I’m proud of. Jose also has a kind and encouraging presence and he created a wonderful learning environment. I highly recommend this class! - Student
The workshop atmosphere is very positive and open (just like Jose!), and everyone is encouraged to share (or not) according to their own comfort level. But perhaps more importantly, this was the most generative class I've taken to date; each session I left with at least four solid beginnings to new poems, and often as many as six or seven. The structure of each class session is such that writing happens quickly, spontaneously, and with free experimentation in rhythm, imagery and theme. My first published piece of poetry was written in class with Jose from one of his prompts, and three others I started throughout the course have been accepted for publication. I find myself returning to my course notes and prompts when I need inspiration or direction, weeks after completing the class. If every Litro Master Class is half as rewarding and educational as this one, then they're all worth much more than they cost. If you have a chance to workshop with Jose Hernandez Diaz, take it. (And maybe take it again... I'm thinking about it!) - Adrienne Crezo, student