Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. His collection of essays, Buddha’s Dog and other meditations, is forthcoming in 2018. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: www.buddhistboy.com.
The Truth of Seeing
In this seminar, we will breakdown scene writing in creative nonfiction, discussing the magic that happens when a movie begins to play in our minds, fueled by the details a writer provides. We will talk about the individual components of scene writing, and then construct one during class.
What haunts: A Multi-genre Foray
In this seminar, students will discuss those images that we can’t let go of, that we, perhaps, obsess about. We will then take that image and write it in 2-3 different ways, shifting the lens of genre. We will interrogate how genre changes the image, how the image becomes something new in each retelling of it.