Writing from Life: Autobiography & Fiction
“The secret to writing, " writes Dorothy Allison, "is that fiction never exceeds the reach of the writer's courage….until I start telling the stories that were hardest for me, writing about exactly the things I was most afraid of and unsure about, I wasn't writing worth a damn." In this intensive, one-week workshop for prose writers writing from autobiographical experience, we'll work toward the writing of those life stories--whether in fiction, memoir, or personal essay--that seem the hardest and most necessary to tell.
Please bring to the first workshop 10 copies of a 4-page story, whether fiction or nonfiction, drawn from autobiographical sources.
Michael Klein is a five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and two-time winner in poetry. He has also written two autobiographical works, both published by University of Wisconsin Press:Track Conditions, regarding his life on the racetrack with Kentucky Derby winner, Swale, andThe End of Being Known, a book of linked essays on sex and friendship. His latest book of prose and poetry is When I Was a Twin and is currently working on a book with the working title: Radical Loneliness and the Imaginary Life. He lives in New York and teaches at Hunter College.