Lisa Fugard teaches Telling the Truth but Telling it Slant
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Telling the truth but telling it slant– fictionalizing your nonfiction.
In this workshop we’ll explore that alchemical process of taking the ‘stuff’ of one’s life and fictionalizing it. We all have truths we’ve discovered, some of them deeply personal and private and the art of fashioning them into stories offers skittish writers a veil, a way of telling the truth and telling it slant. How far does one go with the act of “making it up”?
Through exercises you’ll play with gender, with age, with setting – all the while exploring the emotional dynamic that’s at the heart of the story you want to tell.
This class is open to all levels.
Lisa Fugard was born in South Africa and came to the United States in 1980. After working in the theater, performing in New York, London and South Africa, she turned her attention to writing. Her short fiction has been published in Story, Outside and literary magazines, while her many travel articles, essays and book reviews have been published in the New York Times.
Her acclaimed first novel, Skinner’s Drift, published in the USA, UK and South Africa, was named a notable book of 2006 by the New York Times, was also a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the runner-up for the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly lauded that, “Fugard captivates with this searing personal portrayal of the legacy of apartheid.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it a, “frighteningly good novel (that) looks at this historic turmoil without wincing or turning away.” She lives in Southern California and is at work on a second novel. Visit her website: lisafugard.com