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Writers Workshops

Inprint Fall 2018 Life Writing Workshop

Tuesdays Starting October 23 5:45 pm–7:15 pm running 8 weeks
Instructor: Matthew Krajniak
This workshop is full


Houston Methodist Hospital, Dunn Tower Guadalupe Room
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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Nonfiction and fiction narratives

“Writing starts with living.” ― L.L. Barkat

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”― Shirley Jackson

Broadly speaking, narrative possesses the seemingly contradictory nature of being simultaneously from life and outside of life. That is, while both nonfiction and fiction narratives can come from an individual’s actual experience, they also allow a writer and a reader to step outside of themselves and engage in a loosely connected but markedly separate world. It’s with these two curious facets of narrative that we will be focusing on during this eight-week workshop. We’ll do this through a variety of activities that’ll include exploring craft lessons; reading pieces from James Thurber, Jo Anne Beard, Wells Tower, Grace Paley, and other writers; engaging in writing prompts; and ultimately through conducting an end-of-course workshop where participants will have the chance to read the work of other participants and have their own work read and reviewed. My hope is that by the end of the course you will have a better understanding of not only how life can help inform and shape any story you may want to tell, but also how writing and reading can provide a needed and wonderful break from, as Shirley Jackson puts it, the “conditions of absolute reality.”

About the instructor

MATTHEW KRAJNIAK earned his MFA (fiction) from The University of Memphis and is currently a PhD candidate at the UH Creative Writing Program, where he is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow. He has work forthcoming or in Gulf Coast, Origins Journal, The Wax Paper, The Avalon Literary Review, and other publications. He is working on his first novel.

To learn more about the Inprint Life Writing Workshops at Houston Methodist hospital click here. If this workshop is full when you try to register, remember to sign up for the waiting list.