Adventures in Fiction: Workshop with Yan Ge
Join award-winning novelist and short story writer Yan Ge for a friendly fiction workshop suitable for writers of all levels.
Have you heard of the story of the hero who killed nine Suns or his wife who fled to the moon? Are you familiar with the tale of the philosopher who dreamt of butterflies or the non-binary god, anthropomorphized from a lotus? In this workshop, we’ll seek inspiration from Chinese mythology as a way to experiment with our own writing.
Through a mixture of discussion and in-class writing time, you will:
- learn how to use existing stories and texts as a springboard for your own writing
- try using writing techniques for different effects
- experiment with bringing an element of the fantastical into your stories
Known for her sharply observed yet dreamlike stories that delight in the strangeness of human relationships, Yan is an expert in sharing techniques that will help you to hone your stories and surprise your readers.
Participants must be aged 18+.
Can’t make this workshop? Yan will host the same workshop later in the day at 2pm.
About Yan Ge
Yan Ge was born in Sichuan, China in 1984. She is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English, and is the author of thirteen books in Chinese, including five novels. She has received numerous awards and was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, including English, French and German. The English translation of her latest novel The Chilli Bean Paste Clan was published in 2018. Another translated novel, Strange Beasts of China, was published in 2020/2021; both won English PEN Translates Awards. She was on the judging panel of the International Dublin Literary Award 2019. In 2021, she was on the final selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction.
Yan’s English writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Irish Times, TLS, the Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19. Her English language debut short story collection Elsewhere will be published by Faber in the UK and Scribner in the USA in spring 2023, followed by a novel Hotel Destination. Yan lives in Norwich with her husband and son.
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