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“Transformations: Autobiography into Fiction – Finding Your Story” Taught by Alice Lichenstein
May 5 @ 6:00 pm - June 9 @ 8:00 pm
Tuesday Evenings, 6 – 8PM
“Transformations” is a workshop devoted to helping writers or would-be writers transform their autobiographical material into fiction. In this 6-week workshop, participants will learn to find their stories by identifying and focusing on the truly resonant details of their lives. Through a series of writing experiments, participants will uncover the significant memories and experiences that might form the basis of stories and novels. Participants will learn about the importance of using precise details and images to create vivid prose. They will learn to use precise sensory detail and images, rather than abstraction, in telling a story. This will be a warm, supportive community of writers helping each other to transform experience into fiction.
Workshop Registration: 6 weeks, Fee: $200. Materials: pen/pencil and paper-and an eagerness to get started!
Alice Lichtenstein (Oneonta, NY) graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction, the Barbara Demming Memorial Award for Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Alice’s new novel, THE CRIME OF BEING, forthcoming from Upper Hand Press, November 2019, has already been called “A brilliant, riveting, and emotionally charged story about the crime of black life.” (Jallicia Jolly, UM) Her first novel, THE GENIUS OF THE WORLD (Zoland Books, 2000), received favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. PEOPLE Magazine called Alice’s second novel, LOST, (Scribner, 2010), “a great read” and NPR said, “LOST is a novel that delivers much reading pleasure.” LOST was a long-list Finalist for the2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals. Most recently, Revision, in Narrative Magazine (Fall 2018); Dead Friends in Post Road (Winter, 2010) and White Ladies in Short Story (Spring, 2010). These stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Awards. Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.