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).
Saturday, November 14, 2015 7pm EST
(Kira Lees will be hosting this session solo)
The Fifth Season
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3pm EST
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3pm EST
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.
Jilly Dreadful is the founder of The Brainery: Online Speculative Fiction Workshops + Resources which has been featured on The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Roundtable Podcast. She completed her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at University of Southern California. Jilly is a member of SFWA, and has stories forthcoming from: Lightspeed, She Walks In Shadows, the first all-female Lovecraft anthology (Innsmouth Free Press), and Rough Magick, an anthology edited by Francesca Lia Block and Jessa Marie Mendez. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in NonBinary Review, Devilfish Review, among others. Her scholarly work on feminist science fiction has been published in Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology alongside work by Donna Haraway, her cyborgean moon goddess.
Literary Lab is open for enrollment to non-currently enrolled Brainery students for $30.
Current students are welcome to register for Literary lab for free–this is a new optional add-on discussion group this semester.
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Absolutely. The Brainery will also be offering Novel Workshop in Spring 2016, as well as one of the following: comic book writing or an interactive fiction + new media workshop for the spring, in addition to Short Fiction. 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.
Literary Lab is $30 non-currently enrolled students.
Literary Lab is free for currently enrolled students.
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