Write with JP Infante: “Which Genre?”
April 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Should you be telling your story as fiction, nonfiction or poetry?
What’s the difference?
Does your writing style fit one genre better than another?
In this workshop we will read and write fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
We will determine how understanding the rules and expectations of genre can help us tell and sell our stories.
A lot of us write free verse poetry– what some call “modern poetry”– because of the freedom. There are no rules. We don’t have to adhere to structure, punctuation or grammar. What if that average poem you wrote would make for a emotionally charged short story?
Sometimes we decide to write a short story, a story that’s great when you tell it to friends, but doesn’t have the same impact when they read the written version. What if that story is really a moment, maybe a poem?
As writers, we put a lot of thought into what we want to express, but how much thought are we putting into the genre we choose?
In “Which Genre?” we will discuss poetry, prose as they are defined by writers, the marketplace and the way each is experienced by readers. This analysis will inform the three short pieces we will write in class.
Final Work Product: Three short pieces, each in different genres.
*Option to Schedule a Revision Consultation
Suggested donation $10
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Facilitator: John Paul “JP” Infante is a Dominican-American teacher and writer who hosts cultural events in New York City. He’s taught creative writing at Lehman College of CUNY and holds an MFA in fiction from the New School for General Studies.
Infante has curated immersive art experiences like the “Drink and Vibe w/ Infante,” which blended music, an art exhibition, artists talk, and writers. He’s led writing workshops organized by Dominican Writers like “The Prose Poem as Memoire” and “The’We’ Workshop: Writing in the first person plural.”
Infante hosted the book launch for Francis Mateo’s El Alto in the summer of 2018. Through “JP Infante in Conversation Series,” he’s hosted talks with the following poets and writers: Nelly Rosario, Gabriel Ramirez, Julian Randall, Marwa Helal and Melania Luisa Marte. In the 2018 Dominican Book Fair he led a discussion between poet Fior E. Plasencia and writer Francis Mateo.
His fiction, nonfiction and poetry can be found in Kweli Journal, The Poetry Project, Uptown Collective, Dominican Writers, Hip-Not Magazine and Manhattan Times.
His writing has received the following accolades: The Bernard L. Einbond Memorial Prize and The Aaron Hochberg Family Award for fiction; Winner of DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the U.S.” essay contest; NY State Summer Writers Institute scholarship recipient; and 2013 Northern Manhattan Artists Alliance grantee for writing. His short story “Without a Big One” won the PEN Faulkner Emergent Writer Award and is a nominee for the O Henry Award and candidate for The Best American Short Stories 2019.
He lives in New York City, believes in horoscopes and spends too much time on Instagram.
Follow him @infanteJP.
FYI: He’s a Libra.
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