Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction.

Dates:
Aug 11, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1125
Class Size: 12

You don’t need to know whether you want to write fiction or memoir; in fact, you can write a blend of the two and still end up with engaging, lively, and publishable writing. Explore how to use your own life experiences to inspire your writing and to create autobiographical fiction. How faithful is memory? How much of your writing can you embellish and still classify as memoir? Can fictional characters be based on real people? Explore these questions with readings from both fiction and memoir. Workshop your writing and discuss when to borrow from real life, and when to use your imagination.

 

 

Sarah Van Arsdale talks about the idea of autobiographical fiction what you can expect when you take her workshop.

 

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Instructor: Sarah Van Arsdale

Sarah Van Arsdale is the author of four books of fiction and the book-length poem, The Catamount. She is currently working on a collection of poetry. A winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the novel and a finalist in several international and national writing contests, she serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBTQ Fiction.