A Lie That Tells The Truth: Fiction Workshop

A Lie That Tells The Truth: Fiction Workshop

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Jill Bialosky
Week 6: July 15 to July 20
ORIENTATION: July 15, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 16-20, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Fiction

Workshop Description 

Pablo Picasso famously said, that art “is a lie that tells a truth.” This workshop will focus on voice, point of view, character and narrative strategies in writing urgent and compelling fiction.  I will offer techniques using memory, personal, experience and fictive techniques to create a fictional reality. How does a piece of writing transform itself into artfulness?  How does fiction get at personal and universal truths?   How can a fictive voice be called upon in order to dig deeper and raise the stakes? We all know that the most convincing writing comes from urgent subject matter. How do we take this material and shape it into artful fiction.  Jill Bialosky will offer writing prompts and exercises to generate new material and to reshape existing material. We will examine student writing as well as look at select pieces of fiction as guideposts for transformation.


Jill Bialosky is the author of the novels The PrizeHouse Under Snow and The Life Room, and is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child.  She is also the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, as well as four collections of poetry: The PlayersIntruder, Subterranean, and The End of Desire. Her latest book is the memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.