July 7-14, 2018
The Hybrid Workshop
“All literature is autobiography,” Virginia Woolf once wrote. But how do prose writers transform life into compelling fiction and memoir? This hybrid workshop will explore the border of fiction and nonfiction narratives to consider how autobiographical elements can enliven our fiction and how the imagined can deepen our nonfiction. This generative workshop will focus on “auto-fiction”—stories that employ autobiographical elements, exploring the boundary between fiction and fact—to develop our literary art and craft and generate new stories. Combining brief readings (e.g., Hempel, Diaz, Schomperlein, Cheever, and Leavitt, Julavitz, Martin, Hong Kingston, Winterson) with daily writing exercises, we will traverse together the terrain of auto-fiction, exploring traditional story structures and meta-narrative options, as we consider, How can we most effectively blend fact and imagination to create affecting fictions and memoirs?
This class is limited to 10 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample should be a short prose piece or an excerpt from a longer work. This class is taught by E. J. Levy.
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