This week I am in Vienna at the University of Applied Arts to run a writing workshop for the Design Investigations Studio. Here's a workshop description:
Writing for Designers: Intro to Narrative Structure and Style
During this workshop, we will:
- Talk through the basics of how a text is constructed.
- Learn to deconstruct how a text works so that you have some tools to “debug” your own writing in the future.
- Complete several short exercises to introduce stylistic techniques that you can use in both your nonfiction and speculative fiction work.
- Write a short, finished piece of your own.
Each day of the workshop will begin with a mini-lesson and short exercise on specific topics such as description, reverse outlining, and defamiliarization. These workshops will be hands-on with plenty of time to write, to experiment, and to discuss, and we will take a visual approach to constructing and deconstructing texts. We will “workshop” the short exercises so that you have a sense of how to critique as a writer.
Most afternoons will be reserved for independent work, drop-in help, and individual meetings to discuss any of your works in progress (either from this workshop or from a Design Investigations project). On the final day, you will present the pieces you complete during the workshop.