The Art of Subtext (Afternoon)
with Joshua Mohr
Grace Paley once famously observed that a writer has written One Story when she’s written Two Stories–both the literal action and the subtextual action. As storytellers, we need to dote on both planes of the narrative evenly, but how, exactly, do we accomplish that feat?
To complicate that question, which way should authors attempt to build: from the literal action down, or up from the subtext? The answer, of course, is that we need to master working in both directions.
4 Afternoons: Monday 11/11–Thursday 11/14 | 1:30-4:30pm
Joshua Mohr is the author of the novels “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List, and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a SF Chronicle best-seller. His most recent novel is “Damascus” about which the New York Times said:
“The author’s jaunty voice [is] Beat-poet cool…Mohr nails the atmosphere of a San Francisco still breathing in the smoke that lingers from the days of Jim Jones and Dan White, a time when passionate ideologies and personal dysfunction intermingled and combusted.” — New York Times
Mohr teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University’s creative writing program.