03/09 Voice Lessons: Turning Real Life into Fiction with Judy Reeves
Writers lead double lives. Both as participants and observers, we make notes and gather material. All life, it seems, is grist for our fiction. In this workshop, you’ll learn to mine your life for promising nuggets to work into fiction. Sifting through memories, you’ll recall details, alter facts, play “what if …?” and transform real people into fiction characters. This session will include exercises and idea starters to generate material for a short story or scene for a novel.
Working with this raw mosaic, you’ll may want to create a short manuscript (up to 1500) which Reeves will critique for a small fee ($25).
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other anthologies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards. Her latest release is the Daily Appointment Calendar for Writers. Her website is judyreeveswriter.com She blogs at livelymuse.com.
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