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Literary Lab Spring 2016

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WHAT IS LITERARY LAB?

If Literary Lab were a class at Hogwarts, it’s equivalent would probably be Potions. Sometimes reading novels is like trying to prepare a draught of Felix Felicis: you’re given a perfectly good set of ingredients, instruments, and even a recipe to follow, but you still end up with an imperfectly prepared potion that bubbles like a bowl of oatmeal instead of a silky gold concoction.

So you can think of us as your personally inscribed copy of Advanced Potion-Making as annotated by the Half-Blood Prince.

In less geeky terms, Literary Lab is sort of like a book club, only our goal is to read novels not just as readers, but as writers. This means we’re reading for character and plot development, and worldbuilding, as much as we’re reading for underlying cultural themes.

Literary Lab meets roughly once a month and we’ll be talking about the novels for 60-90 minutes each session. We’re trying to decode the craft and process that novelists used to brew their own vials of Felix Felicis (read: how they wrote their novels, and what we can learn about writing while we’re reading them).

WHAT BOOKS WILL BE COVERED IN LITERARY LAB?

bestofallpossibleworlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Sunday, March 20th, 12:00pm EST

shadowshaper

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Sunday, Apr 10th, 12:00pm EST

allthebirdsinthesky

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Sunday, May 8th, 12:00pm EST

Who is Leading Literary Lab Discussions?

Kira Lees
Kira Lees
Literary Lab Lecturer

Kira Lees graduated from William Smith College with a degree in English Literature concentrating in early 19th century British literature, and Shakespeare, and a minor in Asian Studies. She works full time at a library in Pittsburgh, helping patrons find books and keeping up with the latest literary news. She has been a student at The Brainery since the inception, taking courses such as Short Fiction, Science Fiction Fairy Tales, and the Novel Workshop. Her first short fiction piece will be published in the upcoming anthology Rough Magick edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez.

Spring 2016 Schedule

  1. The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen LordSunday, Mar 20th, 12:00pm EST

  2. Shadowshaper by Daniel José OlderSunday, Apr 10th, 12:00pm EST

  3. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane AndersSunday, May 8th, 12:00pm EST

 

WHO IS LITERARY LAB FOR?

Literary Lab is open for enrollment to non-currently enrolled Brainery students for $40.

Current students are welcome to register for Literary lab for $20.

 

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WILL THE BRAINERY BE OFFERING LITERARY LAB IN THE FUTURE?

Absolutely. You can keep up to date with future workshop offerings on the email list (sign-ups are on the blog, in the sidebar on the right hand of the screen), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

Literary Lab is $40 non-currently enrolled students.

Literary Lab is $20 for currently enrolled students.

If you have registered for The Brainery for a free account in the past or registered for a course in the past, you will not be able to register through this link without contacting me. (I have to delete your old account and you have to remake it–it is inelegant to say the least, but until I get a shopping cart system set up, it’s the only workaround I’ve got. OR you can make a whole new account.)

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