Lesson 16

Lesson 16

A Lesson by Tantra Bensko
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Delve into the world of Experimental Fiction

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http://onlinewritingacademy.weebly.com/experimental-fiction.html contains some links to remind you of the resource site Experimental Writing, the magazine Exclusive with the author's descriptions of their methods of experimenting, and also an e-chapbook submissions to consider once you have a small body of work that is cohesive and polished in case you want to submit.

Go to the Experimental Writing resource page and read some articles on the topic. See if you can come up with what your own trademark innovation, your author's voice, your way of integrating your work into the flow and history of the dialogue of literature. Start looking more deeply into how each thing you write in this field is riffing off what has been written before. It's pushing against convention, but also has decades of other people pushing behind convention behind it. How can yours stand out? Which authors do you align yourself with, which sub-genres?

That will probably change as you go, but the process provides inspiration. Try networking with a magazine, author, reviewer, reader, someone who has put herself out there in innovative literature in some way. People like to be read and understood. They like to hear that their hard work has reached appreciative ears. Find a way to connect more in the world of published writers who are gaining attention. Maybe submit something to a magazine if you're ready. See if you can find a way to insinuate yourself into that close-knit bunch of authors and publishers in some small way. Making comments at HTML GIANT for example.

Work on your bio. Look at the bios in the journals you like. Most bios are a list of publications, awards, fellowships, etc and location, degrees. . . Others are playful examples of the author's fun writing. Make some bios that fit with different journals. Imagine your work there. Imagine the other authors there reading your work. What would they think? Does yours fit in?



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Tantra Bensko
Tantra Bensko

Berkeley, CA



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I teach fiction writing through UCLA Ex. Writing Program, and my own academy online where I focus on Experimental Writing, which I also teach through Writers College when I have time. I have nearly 20..