Courting Complexity: Braided Compositions


Courting Complexity: Braided Compositions


Whether an essay, story, or poem, more than a single strand is likely to become involved in its making.  And there we are at the heart of things since “involved” means “turned,” “wrapped,” and “twisted,” all akin to “braided.” Braiding means handling more than one thing at a time: plot and subplot, text and subtext, theme and illustration, all of which may lead you off track. There is no right answer, no single way, but the combination, interweaving, or braiding, of two or more things and their supporting ideas and illustrations leads to something like texture, which you usually want to find in a finished text. 

With a variety of writing exercises in and out of session, and a little one-on-one time with your instructor, our weekend will test the possibilities of “braiding” your work, in whatever genre.  Depending on the number of students, each participant will receive a 10-15 minute meeting with the instructor to discuss their own work one-on-one. A chief problem with writing is getting started, and a fresh approach can help with that. Starting fresh with material generated Friday evening and Saturday morning, you should leave this workshop with one or more compositions, probably unfinished but well underway, as well as the knowledge on how to implement braiding techniques into existing stories and make them even more engaging to the reader. 

When:  Friday, November 1st, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, November 3rd, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where:  Iowa Writers' House, 332 East Davenport St

Cost: $265

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