The world has opened up after the pandemic, and we are traveling again, leaving the quotidian for new adventures. Travel gives us the opportunity for new ways of seeing and can lead to writing that shimmers on the page with sensual detail, while challenging our worldview and delighting the soul. In this workshop, we will draw from examples in fiction and nonfiction to examine images that transform a scene and lead the reader to unexpected places. Participants of all genres welcome in this generative workshop, where a series of short exercises will mine memories to create vivid and transportive writing.
Dipika Mukherjee is the author of the novels Shambala Junction and Ode to Broken Things, and the story collection, Rules of Desire. Her work is included in The Best Small Fictions 2019 and appears in World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, Del Sol Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hemispheres, Orion and more. Her poetry collection, Dialect of Distant Harbors, was published by CavanKerry Press in October 2022 and a collection of travel essays, Writer’s Postcards, has been accepted for publication by Penguin Random House (SEA). She teaches at the Graham School at University of Chicago and is core faculty at StoryStudio Chicago. She holds a PhD in English from Texas A&M University.
Dipika will accept manuscripts for critique. Please see the Manuscripts page for details.