“Very instructive … gave me a better appreciation for what writing should strive for.”
– Fred M.
What if the village griot tells a story that means absolutely nothing? Fiction makes us human, but creative writing instruction too often over-complicates fiction craft, making many fictional stories virtually unknowable and equally unpublishable.
One of my favorite things about African dramatic form is that it begins the work of engaging the writer’s imagination with the machinery that guides her creativity to propagate racism. In order to write racist stories or promote racist imagery using ADF, a writer has to want that outcome. Another, is that ADF opens the writer to “knowing” and “owning” her story without the shame of knowledge but with all of the romance that comes with acquiring it.
“This is a different take on writing and instruction.”
SOSOADAE stories are told through the ADF lens, an holistic approach to story development that understands stories as a model for and of community, demonstrated by a figure, what that figure means, and who should understand this figure and carry it forward. ADF’s emphasis on community modelling allows for a more naturally empathetic, compelling, and meaningful literary experience.
Learn how the basics of dramatic form, dramatic character, and dramatic mask can help you write more empathetic, compelling, and meaningful fiction.
The Intro to ADF Writer’s School is an eight weeks long beta that will introduce African dramatic form as a lens for story development and revision and works like this: Each week, you will follow self-guided modules introducing you to the essential figures of African dramatic form. At the end of each weekly module, you will have the opportunity to meet with me (and others) to discuss and apply these figures to your work in progress.
The ADF Writer’s School will help you begin the process of knowing, finding, and owning your story. So that you are always writing “publishable” fiction.
SOSOADAE is an audio magazine of the best ADF fiction. To this end, all writing course students are considered for possible publication in the SOSOADAE magazine.
Before you enroll in the ADF Writer’s School, we need to lay some foundation. Essential to applying ADF to your fiction is understanding anti-Blackness in terms that can translate to literary design.
How we talk about the dark: The three essential figures of anti-Blackness