Writing from Life: Fiction and Memoir
Instructor: Robert J. Hughes
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
In this workshop, participants learn to shape their experiences into fiction – or into fictionalized memoir. The lived life can provide rich content for a story, novel or an extended fictional recollection. Have you lived through an experience that you feel is worthy of telling to others either through fiction or in a memoir? This workshop will provide you the chance to explore how to take a lived experience and craft it into a work of fiction, transforming the everyday into the eternal. But there are no limits: Participants can write memoir, fiction, or try their hand at both. In this workshop, we will explore all aspects of narrative craft, from point of view to the use of time, from narration to dialogue, from characterization to the telling detail that defines character, place and era. Your life meets your imagination to create an indelible work of art: We show you how.
Robert J. Hughes is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who specialized in cultural coverage, and is a novelist whose Late and Soon (Carroll & Graf) was praised by writers such as Adriana Trigiani and Edmund White for its beautiful prose and depth of characterization. He works as a writer on a variety of projects, from ghostwriting to playwriting, and lives between New York and Paris.