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Writers Workshops

Fiction 2020-101

Course #2020-101
Thursdays Starting January 9 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 8 weeks skipping January 16
Cost: $375 Instructor: Rachel Ballenger
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Writing from Life

Beginning writers often look outside themselves for inspiration, trying to “come up” with interesting ideas. Why, when our own lives are rich with material? In this workshop, we will focus on translating personal experience into powerful fiction worth reading. You will learn techniques for honing your observation skills and coming up with ideas; how to create composite characters from people you know; and strategies for reimagining events from your life in service of a fictional story. We’ll study stories and excerpts for craft elements, and to see how writers feed their fiction with reality. This workshop will be generative, with daily writing prompts and in-class exercises, and writers will have a chance to share their work in a supportive environment. Additionally, we’ll discuss tips for getting started, building a steady writing practice, and strategies for publishing. This course is suitable for any writer—be it beginning or experienced—who wants to write closer to the bone than ever before. 

About the instructor

RACHEL BALLENGER is a writer and translator from Marin County, California. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Houston, where she served as Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of BooksYour Impossible Voice, and elsewhere. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Take My Life, won the Inprint Joan and Stanford Alexander Prize in Fiction and was a finalist in the Texas Writers League 2019 Fiction Manuscript Contest.

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