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Writers' Café: Creativity in Constraints with Nora Fussner

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We often think of creativity as that initial burst of inspiration, an innovative idea, but there's a lot of creativity in problem-solving as well. The Oulipo, the Workshop for Potential Literature, is a French-borne literary movement that writes within pre-determined constraints. One of its founding members wrote an entire novel without using the letter e!

In this workshop we'll try some exercises from the Oulipo, using rules to constrain brief compositions, as well as generate ideas for longer plots using mathematical formulas. It sounds complicated, and the results could be strange, goofy, even mind-bending. But we'll also talk about how to apply these techniques to your own work--how setting limitations can help you solve a problem in something you've been working on, or brainstorm new ideas.
These techniques can be applied to fiction or poetry (and, in truth, may defy genre altogether).

Whether you are a Writing major or are simply deeply interested in writing, you can find an informal community of Pitt writers at the Writers' Café. Make contacts with other writers, try your hand at different genres, let guided freewriting exercises jumpstart your process, and share feedback on works-in-progress!

Friday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

O'Hara Student Center, 317B, The Writing Center
3900 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Writers' Café: Creativity in Constraints with Nora Fussner

We often think of creativity as that initial burst of inspiration, an innovative idea, but there's a lot of creativity in problem-solving as well. The Oulipo, the Workshop for Potential Literature, is a French-borne literary movement that writes within pre-determined constraints. One of its founding members wrote an entire novel without using the letter e!

In this workshop we'll try some exercises from the Oulipo, using rules to constrain brief compositions, as well as generate ideas for longer plots using mathematical formulas. It sounds complicated, and the results could be strange, goofy, even mind-bending. But we'll also talk about how to apply these techniques to your own work--how setting limitations can help you solve a problem in something you've been working on, or brainstorm new ideas.
These techniques can be applied to fiction or poetry (and, in truth, may defy genre altogether).

Whether you are a Writing major or are simply deeply interested in writing, you can find an informal community of Pitt writers at the Writers' Café. Make contacts with other writers, try your hand at different genres, let guided freewriting exercises jumpstart your process, and share feedback on works-in-progress!

Friday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

O'Hara Student Center, 317B, The Writing Center
3900 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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