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Where is the border between fiction and memoir, and how and when do we cross over? We’ve become accustomed to thinking there’s a firm distinction between these genres, but the reality is, there’s a lot of room for letting the imagination run wild in our “true” stories, or for bringing in real events, characters, and emotions into our fiction. We’ll look at your story or novel chapter together, so you’ll get to hear how it lands on readers, and we’ll spend time looking at some of the points of craft (character description, dialogue, pacing, etc.). Each session will include generative writing exercises designed to unlock your imagination and help you find new roads through the borderlands.

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Instructor: Sarah Van Arsdale

Sarah Van Arsdale is a writer and illustrator. Her sixth book, Taken, a poetry collection, was published in 2021 by Finishing Line Press. Her book-length poem, titled The Catamount, was published by Nomadic Press in 2017. Her watercolors illustrate The Catamount and her fourth book of fiction, a collection of novellas titled In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, published by Queens Ferry Press in 2016. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and teaches in the Antioch University/LA low-residency MFA program.