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Saturday, April 30 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
8G: 'But That Really Happened': Avoid the Pitfalls of Fictionalizing Your Life LIMITED

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Many writers shape excellent novels and stories from raw experience, and our lives as writers will always feed texture and circumstance to our fiction. But when something incredible, moving, or poignant happens to you for real, it does not mean that the same experience or stakes will translate cleanly onto the story page. This session introduces participants to a custom framework for fictionalizing autobiography: a series of questions a writer might ask herself, and principles she might apply, in order to best dramatize her real-life material. Wisdom from cross-genre writers like Dorothy Allison and Jeanette Winterson, who have so successfully interpreted their lives in both novels and memoirs, will inform our close reading and discussion. The session will then conclude with brief, exploratory writing prompts to summon and frame the lived experiences that pester you to get on the page.

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Dawn Dorland

Fiction and Non-Fiction Writer
Dawn Dorland teaches on the faculty of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and at the Downtown Women’s Center, serving the homeless women of Skid Row. Her debut novel-in-progress, Econoline, about generational poverty and American class ascent, has been recognized with fellowships and other support from Ragdale, the Vermont Studio Center, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the New York... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
St. James Room