The Writer's Studio: And Then I Woke Up: Dreams in Narrative
The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You will leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.
Dreams fill the world of fiction. From the stories of Franz Kafka to the opening of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca”, from the novels of Haruki Murakami to Kelly Link’s imaginative and genre-bending fiction, dreams guide the narrative in new and surprising directions. They can introduce memories or release a suppressed emotion, foreshadow the events to come or offer a key to unlock the story’s symbolism. In this workshop, we will read short stories by Murakami, Ottessa Moshfegh, Robert Olen Butler, and others, and discuss the wide uses of dreams for a fiction writer, both in traditional and experimental fiction. In a series of writing prompts, we will craft dream sequences and explore their potential to advance a story, deepen our understanding of character, see the familiar scene in a new light, or enrich a story’s atmosphere.
Evgeniya Dame is a Fulbright scholar and a 2020-2022 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction. Her stories appear in Ploughshares, Subtropics, The Southern Review, and Joyland, and her non-fiction has been published in Electric Literature and online in The New England Review. She is a fiction editor at Joyland.