The Art of the Lie: Life Stories into Fiction
What you can learn.
- Turn your lived experiences into compelling works of fiction
- Learn to develop character and point of view for maximum impact
- Uncover the foundation of a story you can expand after class ends
- Identify ways to shape life into stories readers will love
About this course:
This course investigates ways of transforming your real-life stories into powerful fiction. What's the difference between anecdotes--important to you alone--and strong, autonomous fiction that affects readers who don't know or care about you? What are meaningful sources for your own fiction? During both days of the workshop, we explore ways of choosing and presenting the life stories that most define you, most stimulate you, and most silence you. Through discussions and writing exercises, we also pay particular attention to character development, point-of-view, and dialogue as techniques of fiction. The goal is for each student to leave the course with the foundation of a story based on personal experience, as well as with tools for developing other such stories.