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Master Class with Poet and Novelist Ulrike Draesner

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Master Class: Description and Brevity with Ulrike Draesner

Description and Brevity

You say you don’t describe things in your work? 

But there are things and people in your texts? 

You say that you don’t describe them. For example, because they don’t exist. 

Your are right. But wouldn’t the sentence be equally true, turned round: because they

don’t exist you have to describe them?

You put them on a table. You make them talk. They act.

Aren’t these modes of description?

But what do you mention? What is enough? What too much?

How do you find out? 

What is meant by “meaning in between the lines”? 

How do we/texts express something – without using words? 

How do you recognize your own taboos?

The class will introduce you to these questions and offer various writing exercises exploring techniques of (interactive) description and the role of gaps and liminal spaces on the page. 

Ulrike Draesner is recognized as one of Germany’s most important living poets and fiction writers. She has published eight volumes of poetry, seven novels, and three books of short stories. She has translated William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, H. D., and Louise Glück, among others. She has received many literary awards, including the Nicolas Born Prize (2016), the Gertrud Kolmar Prize (2019), and the GEDOK-Prize (2020). Draesner lives in Berlin and Leipzig, where she is director of the Institute for German Literature and holds a professorship in creative writing.


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