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"Twisting Facts into Stories: Reality in Fiction and Nonfiction" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

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Location
St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

9/3/2016 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still a few seats available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and pay with exact cash or check (made out to Writers' League of Texas). The walk-up rate is $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

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Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here

Writers are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The answer is usually some version of this: “All around me.” We draw upon current events, personal memories and family anecdotes, and weird news from all sorts of media for our storytelling material. It’s an impulse that comes naturally, to hear a story on the news and think, “I should write about that.” The best writers know how to turn those random, unexpected pieces of inspiration into fully developed essays, stories, and novels. This class will teach students to observe reality with the eyes of a journalist and imagination of a fiction writer in order to translate facts and events into riveting stories in any genre.

Students will be sent several published pieces to read in advance of the class and should bring them with them. The goal of the course is to take facts, details, and anecdotes and learn how to turn them into fully-realized stories.

 

About the instructor:

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, and a Walter E. Dakin fellow in fiction at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, The Millions, and elsewhere. His debut story collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI's The World. It was published in Spanish translation by the author, and is forthcoming in Dutch. Antonio lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he's currently at work on a novel.

 

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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 wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our
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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.


 


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.


 

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.