Instructor: Patricia O’Donnell
Date & Time: Saturday, June 9 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: June 4
Virginia Woolf wrote, “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” From Woolf to Sylvia Plath or Tim O’Brien to Karl Ove Knausgaard, writers’ lives have long served as the direct inspiration for their fiction. But how does one make art from the raw material of one’s experiences? How do writers wrangle real stories away from their inspiring incidents and into a shape of their own that reaches toward a deeper truth?
In this workshop, participants will sift through their lives for significant moments to use as starting points for their fiction. The day will open with a discussion of how published writers have used their own lives in their fiction. Participants will be given prompts, time to write, and encouraged to share what they’ve written for feedback and discussion (though this isn’t required).
Patricia O’Donnell is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington, where she directs the BFA Program. Her fiction, essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Agni Review, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other places. She is the author of Waiting to Begin, a memoir; Necessary Places, a novel; and her collection of short fiction, Gods for Sale, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. Her novel The Vigilance of Stars will be out in the spring of 2019.
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