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

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$109
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3/25/2020


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Online Class


3/25/2020 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST




This class is part of the "Fill That Blank Page" Online Class Package. To purchase the class package, click here.

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Want to learn how to turn your true-life experiences or observations into stories?

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.

 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You're writing fiction in any genre.
  • You're starting a new project
  • You're finding the factual constraints of your potential story too limiting.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS CLASS

  • "Antonio is wonderful and insightful!"
  • "The instructor was excellent at communicating the theoretical and abstract, while at the same time demonstrating with concrete examples."
  • "This class showed me that there are bridges that can be built, which connect what personally interests and inspires me, to what can be successfully marketed."

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. He moved to the U.S. at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University and a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly and elsewhere. He is the author of the story collection Barefoot Dogs (Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction 2015) and the forthcoming novel The Healing Room.

 

LOCATION

Online

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

 

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Registration will close on Wednesday, March 25, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. 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.

 

HOW WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 


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.

 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.