When: Tuesdays, Feb 11 - Mar 17, 1:00-4:00pm
Where: The Hampton Inn
Cost: $195.00 for 6 session(s)
Instructor: Naomi Benaron debut novel Running the Rift won the 2010 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.
How to Transform Personal Experience into Creative Expression
There are many ways to approach truth in writing. Where memory is concerned, we can likely never get back to the “absolute” truth of an event. But for creative writing, do we want or need to get back to that absolute truth? Isn’t it the writer’s job to turn truth into story? Explore various ways to approach your truths and “slant” them into effective and powerful writing. Learn to hone your powers of observation and to use everyday observation as seeds for your writing. We will begin with a discussion of the Emily Dickinson poem from which the title of the course is taken and from there move on to topics to include:
- Approaches to truth in writing
- Connecting with our inner story teller
- Taking risks in writing
- Creating story by injecting conflict into observed events
- Writing the fine line of difficult subject matter
- How to say more with less
- Telling our own truths slant
- Shadow and light: using the tricks of the cinematographer
- From vision to revision
This course is geared toward all writers—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/memoir/essays—and all levels of writing experience. It will include writing exercises both in class and as assignments, handouts of and links to examples of published works, and group and instructor feedback.