LIT FEST

A month-long virtual workshop literary festival

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LIT FEST is a month-long literary virtual event full of workshops hosted by Defunkt’s upper staff to raise funds to help us attend AWP in 2023. Instead of just creating a fundraiser, we wanted to give back to the literary community in ways we knew would be helpful (and affordable!) to all writers. Each workshop is $10, so if you are interested in only attending one or two, you can add them a la carte OR you can purchase a full-pass to gain access to each and every workshop for the month. Each workshop will last 45-90 minutes, and on the last day (October 31st), we will invite all attendees to a virtual open mic to share their works with everyone. We’re extremely excited to kick off this month-long fundraising event and hope you can join us!

Workshop Descriptions

The Art of Blurring the Real and the Fantastic

Taught by Diamond Braxton, this workshop is designed to teach writers how to blend the Fantastical, Magic, and Paranormal elements into their works and discuss how this can be beneficial to your storytelling and overall messaging. We will take a look at the works of Carmen Machado, Karen Russell, Megan Milks, etc.

Abstract Self Portrait

Taught by Keagan Wheat, this generative workshop will consider self portrait poems by Chen Chen, t a greathouse, etc. We will discuss these works and their approach to creating an image of the self through words. After, we will move through a few prompts to culminate in pieces of a portrait poem.

Buffy Livin’ the Dream

Taught by Keagan Wheat, BtVS executes dreams in a fascinating way, including memorable nonsensical characters like The Cheese Man. In this workshop, we will move through a few short prompts to culminate in writing a longer dream sequence inspired poem.

X-Files: Monster of the Week

Taught by Keagan Wheat, This generative workshop will take inspiration from monster of the week style of episodic television. We will use cryptids for inspiration to have a ready-made setting and character. We will move through a few prompts  to explore where a cryptid can take writing.

Show Me Where On Earth You Are

Taught by Aris Kian, this is an ecopoetics workshop exploring what Ocean Vuong describes as the “DNA of seeing.” How do we write our landscapes in a way that depicts the autobiography of the writer? This workshop aims to explore the physical world through the eyes of the living, breathing body--holding the social, political, emotional, and mythological truths in every line. 

The “Queer” in Queer Literature: Craft that Defies

Taught by Will Whitmire, This workshop centers around queering characters, plot, subject, form, and dialogue. For this workshop and the viewer’s own usage, the word “queer” defines anything that goes against “normal” conventions and heteronormativity. We will discuss ways writers can challenge their own craft elements to better represent queer identities and existences and ask questions such as can characters, plot, and form contain both normative and queer elements? The last portion of the workshop includes a few short writing prompts. Parental consent is required for viewers younger than 18.

Breaking the Aubade

Taught by Keagan Wheat, this workshop is designed to consider different ways to approach an aubade or love poetry generally. What about friendship love poems or family love poems or self love poems? We will discuss a few examples of aubades, then take time to write our own.

Trauma Writing Sans Vilification

Taught by Miranda Ramirez, this workshop will focus on character driven fiction...so character building and fictionalizing a real life moment–get that cathartic sensation without the drama!

Mapping the Maze–Charting Your Path to Publication

Taught by Diamond Braxton, this workshop is designed for writers new to the submission process who want to better understand which literary magazines to submit to, how the publication works, what editors are specifically looking for in writing. This workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to know how to move forward, deal with rejection (or acceptances!), and how to keep pushing.

Abecedarian

Taught by Keagan Wheat, his workshop will consider how breaking a traditional form can make room for those often excluded from literary cannons. We will learn the form and discuss Choi’s “Hangul Abecedarian”s to create our own meaning through breaking the form.

Meet The Workshop Leaders

BUY THE LIST FEST ALL ACCSES PASS

With the LIT FEST all access pass, you will be able to attend all 10 workshops for $85, versus paying $10 per workshop. Buy your pass today! 

RSVP for Workshops
* a la carte 

(All times are in CST. To view times, click on each event.) 

  • Mon, Oct 03
    Online Workshop
    Taught by Aris Kian, this is an ecopoetics workshop exploring what Ocean Vuong describes as the “DNA of seeing.” How do we write our landscapes in a way that depicts the autobiography of the writer?
  • Wed, Oct 05
    Online Workshop
    This workshop is designed for writers new to the submission process who want to better understand which literary magazines to submit to, how the publication works, what editors are specifically looking for in writing.
  • Fri, Oct 07
    Online Workshop
    This workshop is designed to consider different ways to approach an aubade or love poetry generally. What about friendship love poems or family love poems or self love poems? We will discuss a few examples of aubades, then take time to write our own.
  • Sat, Oct 08
    Online Workshop
    Taught by Miranda Ramirez, this workshop will focus on character driven fiction...so character building and fictionalizing a real life moment–get that cathartic sensation without the drama!!
  • Tue, Oct 11
    Online Workshop
    This workshop will consider how breaking a traditional form can make room for those often excluded from literary cannons. We will learn the form and discuss Choi’s “Hangul Abecedarian”s to create our own meaning through breaking the form.
  • Thu, Oct 13
    Online Workshop
    This workshop is designed to teach writers how to blend the Fantastical, Magic, and Paranormal elements into their works and discuss how this can be beneficial to your storytelling and overall messaging. We will take a look at the works of Carmen Machado, Karen Russell, Megan Milks, etc.
  • Mon, Oct 17
    Online Workshop
    This generative workshop will consider self portrait poems by Chen Chen, t a greathouse, etc. We will discuss these works and their approach to creating an image of the self through words. After, we will move through a few prompts to culminate in pieces of a portrait poem.
  • Thu, Oct 20
    Online Workshop
    This workshop centers around queering characters, plot, subject, form, and dialogue. For this workshop and the viewer’s own usage, the word “queer” defines anything that goes against “normal” conventions and heteronormativity.
  • Fri, Oct 21
    Online Workshop
    This generative workshop will take inspiration from monster of the week style of episodic television. We will use cryptids for inspiration to have a ready-made setting and character. We will move through a few prompts to explore where a cryptid can take writing.
  • Mon, Oct 24
    Online Workshop
    BtVS executes dreams in a fascinating way, including memorable nonsensical characters like The Cheese Man. In this workshop, we will move through a few short prompts to culminate in writing a longer dream sequence inspired poem.

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