AUTOFICTION WORKSHOP: Exploring Hybrid Writing
START DATE: Sunday, August 16, 2020
END DATE: Sunday, September 13, 2020
DURATION: 6 weeks
LOCATION: Zoom and email for assignments
FEEDBACK: Instructor feedback and critique
COURSE DESCRIPTION: What is autofiction? It’s not memoir, fiction or personal essay, but might have elements of all three. Auto-fiction is a genre for writers who want to write about their experiences and personal insights without being held back by the “facts.” Autofiction allows writers to pen personal experience without the constraints of traditional autobiography. In this course, we will explore some of the techniques of writers who have reconstructed events from their own lives using methods borrowed from other genres to create new forms. There will be weekly readings that we will use to discuss different elements of craft in terms of narrative, structure, genre, tone, narrator, character and theme. We will also have a weekly writing exercise based on the reading as well as group and instructor workshopping of participant work.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
WEEK 1: Getting to the Emotional Truth of the Story
Forget the facts and focus on your core message. Reading by Alexander Chee. Complete at least one writing exercise of 1,000 words. Post for peer feedback.
WEEK 2: Set Your Protagonist Free
Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Readings from Chris Kraus.
WEEK 3: Draw from Your Own Experience
Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Readings from Juliet Escoria.
WEEK 4: Shut up so others can speak.
Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Scott McClanahan.
WEEK 5: Pictures, Objects, Sensory Prompts
Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Bruno Schulz.
WEEK 6: Sights, Smells, and Other Sensory Memories.
Complete at least one writing exercise of no more than 1,000 words. Post for feedback. Reading from Maggie Nelson.
COST: Email me about my special summer rates.
Thank you for this class and for your very valuable feedback on the two drafts I sent you. Your class rekindled the fire that I felt was beginning to fizzle out in my writing. ~ Clare Hart
Thanks for a great class! I’m so glad I signed up—turns out that I still have a brain and you made me use it. :) I appreciate your advice as well as the thought-provoking lessons you provided . . . In that short amount of time I feel more confident going forward with my writing . . . I wish you the very best, and thank you again for sharing your knowledge! ~ Andrea H.
Gila Green’s class was my first online writing class. I was impressed with the quality of the material Gila provided and her weekly lessons were clear and easy to understand. She also provided enough flexibility in her lessons to tailor the class to the individual needs of her students. I always felt open to ask questions or linger over lessons and critiques that I felt I needed more time to comprehend and work through. I look forward to learning from her again. ~ Donna Kortes
Gila had a very straightforward way of explaining by giving examples in our own work, and pinpointing a subject for clarity. She was very encouraging and her critiques were always thoughtful and constructive. She pushed me to dig deeper and work harder and I believe it shows in my writing. If I am ever fortunate enough to make it in this business, I will definitely name Gila as one of the reasons for my success. ~ Barbara Florenza