Novelist Jaspreet Singh will conduct a creative writing workshop, particularly addressing the coronavirus crisis and its manifold and diverse aspects and effects. The workshop will include the growing vocabularies of corona. There will be a special focus on place, confinement, character, and changing human relationships. The course will also address the balance between fact and fiction, invention and truth, visibility and invisibility, imagining and unimagining. Questions may include: How to engage with the ‘return of science’? How to entangle disparate disciplines (biology, epidemiology, history, memory, economy, social theory, surveillance, art, humanities, etc.) in a fictional story and in a piece of creative non-fiction? How to write a ‘documentary poem’? This workshop is open to beginners as well as to those with some experience in writing. University students from all disciplines are welcome.
 Presentations/conversations on the craft of fiction/creative non-fiction/poetry.
 Suggested Readings. (Books, bio-fictions and essays)
 Writing assignments.
 One-on-one manuscript consultations.
 Group critiquing and conversations about writing.
 Online public readings of work created during the workshop.
The total number of contact hours will be 28 hours (of 45 min each). Details of scheduling will be announced in the first meeting. In general the workshop will run for one week, an average of four hours daily, between the hours of 16 and 22 h (Oldenburg time), so as to allow for the 8 hour time difference.
Jaspreet Singh is an award-winning Indian-Canadian writer, and a former research scientist. His books include two novels, Chef (Bloomsbury, 2010) and Helium (Bloomsbury, 2014); a story collection, 17 Tomatoes (Vehicule Press, 2004); and a collection of poems, November (Bayeux Arts, 2017). His essays have appeared in Granta, Brick: a literary journal, The Globe and Mail, and the New York Times. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Arabic, Spanish and Punjabi. His memoir My Mother, My Translator will be published in 2021, and his sixth book, Nature, a collection of poems, is slated for publication in 2022.http://www.jaspreetsinghauthor.com/