True Fiction: Writing Stories Inspired by Our Lives


Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.


What you can learn.

  • Explore turning-point stories, complex character emotions, and organic conflict
  • Complete in-class exercises to stretch the limits of your creativity and craft
  • Build a strong foundation for fiction rooted in authentic, lived experiences
  • Draft several new works-in-progress

About this course:

The old adage "write what you know" too often negates the truth that a part of what we "know" is in our imagination. It is the blending of our personal experiences and what we can imagine that helps to create some of our most powerful narratives. In this eight-week intensive writing workshop, for beginner and non-beginner alike, you study important elements such as turning-point stories, the complexities of character emotions, and the quest for organic conflict, all through a series of in-class writing exercises. You learn to build a firm foundation for your fiction, one amazingly rooted in what you have actually lived. The goal of the workshop, whether you're writing drama or comedy, is to find a deeper authenticity in your writing while completing several new works of short fiction.

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