Inspired by Oulipo group and Extreme ironing, this participatory workshop will create and practice extreme constraints writing. Participants will brainstorm extreme constraint for creative writing. It can be extreme in term of physical endurance (such as pseudo-sports for writing), duration (such as overnight automatic writing), level of concentration (such as writing a novel collaboratively within one hour) and in terms of structural difficulty (developing upon various constraint writing techniques, systems art, and computer algorithm).
All those who struggle to write, let’s get together and write seriously extreme text.
Reading list may include:
George Perec- La Disparition (A void) and excerpt from Life: User’s manual
Harry Mathews - Cigarettes (I am not sure if this relates, but he was one of the few Oulipo member whose first language is English. The book is hard to get, so I’ll order a copy and scanzzz)
I hope the list will grow by comment section.
Exercise may include:
Drifting, playing badminton, calling each other, leaving secret notes, creating rules for live action role playing game, and any thing that is not ordinary but may be helpful to write good stories.
Venue and teacher:
A storefront pop up space and around Hoyt- Schermerhorn streets.
Ideal teacher will be someone with experience of teaching creative writing who also enjoy a bit of eccentricity. It may make more sense to not have a single teacher, but few people lead this collaboratively. My hands are up.