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Jessica Love

Let’s Get Strange: Writing Magic Realism

Saturday, April 13 - 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Rosa Deal Room 109



Jessica Love writes and lives in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to her work in academia, as most artists must do, Jessica bartends. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is currently at work on a collection of magical and strange short stories. Her writing has been published at Psychopomp Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, and elsewhere.


Magic realism allows the story to access the real via the unreal. In this workshop, we’ll examine how to bring elements of the fantastic into realistic fiction, allowing characters to experience the strange in a familiar setting. To find the story behind the idea, we’ll explore the balance between the magic, the metaphor, and the narrative through generative exercises. Come prepared to trust the magic.