Fiction, Nonfiction or Auto-fiction?
Taught by Rachel Howard
- Starts Mar 5Starts Mar 5
- 160 US dollars$160
- Page Street Co-Working Space
Should I write a memoir or a novel? How much of my story should I fictionalize? Would autofiction best fit my ethical and artistic needs? Having written first a memoir and then an autobiographically inspired novel, I know one thing: Your choice of artistic form—fiction, memoir, autofiction, or some place in between—profoundly affects your relationship with the reader and your imaginative relationship with your own story. The only way to figure out your best fit, really, is to explore. That’s what we’ll do in this discussion-driven class, considering examples from Marguerite Duras, Jenny Offill, Karl Ove Knausgard, Edward St. Aubyn, Kiese Laymon, Lucia Berlin, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Sigrid Nunez, Rachel Cusk, Raven Leilani, and others. Half of our class time will be devoted to discussing your material, your artistic and ethical factors, and your options. Instructor bio: Rachel Howard is the author of a novel, The Risk of Us, which the Associated Press called “simply gorgeous,” and a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night, which the New York Times described as “enthralling.” Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, StoryQuarterly, Zyzzyva, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other venues. She has served as Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow and Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, and as Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California.
Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.