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"Fictionalizing Your True Story" with Nan Cuba

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

8/23/2014 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for this workshop is now closed. Tickets will only be sold at the door of the event if seats remain, and walk-up rates will apply. Please see our Classes page for more details.

$99 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

We all have images and memories that define us. But how do we use them in fiction without feeling obligated to stick to the truth? How do we avoid thinking that because an experience really happened, it automatically translates to fiction? How do we allow ourselves to stray from facts in order to produce compelling stories? One method is to focus on an image from the past and allow the emotions attached to that image to drive descriptions of a place and an imagined event that might happen there. This class will focus on several techniques like this to mine rich material from your past in order to adapt it for your fiction. Come ready to respond to writing prompts with the goal of producing drafts for later development.

This class is perfect for writers at any level, writing any kind of fiction, who want to use autobiographical experience to generate characters and plot.


About the instructor:

Nan Cuba’s novel Body and Bread (Engine Books), won the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award; it was listed as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine, and was a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post. Cuba co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press), and published other work in Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and storySouth. She is founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.


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