Writers Retreat 2019: Getting Your Story On the Page with Christine Maul Rice

Start Date:
Monday, June 10, 2019
End Date:
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Location:
Writing House
4000 M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643
United States

Your life (or parts of it) could be a book. But should they be written as fiction or creative nonfiction? You won’t know until you start writing. A writer's primary medium is the imagination, but it often straddles fiction and nonfiction, leaving us to struggle with what to leave in or omit. We’ll examine how narrative arc is different in fiction and creative nonfiction and consider when and how to cross-pollinate genres or implement hybrid forms. This class will develop hard skills for fictionalizing lived experiences to produce a compelling narrative. We will study writers of straight creative nonfiction (Jesmyn Ward), those who toe the line between fiction and creative nonfiction (Pam Houston), writers who unabashedly fictionalize elements of their life (James Baldwin), and writers whose fictional scenes are so close to reality we see right through the author’s thin veil (Tim O’Brien). Using prompts and discussions, you’ll learn to identify your most compelling material. We'll experiment with point of view, structure and form, while pushing new work or work in progress in useful directions, with the goal of discovery and pages to take home and keep working with.