Writing into (and out of) Trope, Cliché, and Abstraction - 11th Hour Lecture Series


To borrow a cliché, let's go down the rabbit hole. But on the way down, let's observe the dirt, the worms, the twists, the darkness, the sacred and the profane. For a writing project, whether a short story or a novel, trope can be an entry point. Think: a locked room mystery, dark academia, a midlife crisis. Similarly, on the sentence level, cliché can be relatable and point the writer in the direction of deeper truth. Finally, identifying generic language and abstraction can guide revision. This session will draw from popular novels and explore how literary writers use character and voice to successfully subvert trope and cliché to create meaning. 


100 Phillips Hall
Iowa Ave and Clinton St
Iowa City, IA
United States

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