How does a writer know what form their writing should take? A poem, short story, a play, lyrics, opera, a personal essay, a hybrid? The divisions of genre make it easy for marketers, but more frustrating for writers wanting to bust out of the mold. Often writers work in many genres, borrowing from one as they write in another. As cross-genre writing moves into literary territory, we see sad monsters in modern gay bars, an alien invading the landscape of poetry, hilarious small-town crime fiction where the protagonist is a young woman, and even many literary forms used within one work. As Canlit weirdos and writers who remix and defy genres Daniel Zomparelli, David James Brock and Dina Del Bucchia will talk about the limits of genre, and how it can inform their creative process.
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