Writers have always been told to “write what you know,” but when it comes to fiction, following that advice too closely has the potential to get in the way of creating rich and compelling material, leaving us with stories that, while perhaps true to life, can feel one dimensional. In this interactive and generative workshop, we’ll consider our own experiences and memories as the starting point for developing story ideas. Then we’ll explore how we can use the essential elements of fiction—dialogue, plot, setting, and character—to find even greater truth (and better stories) than what “really” happened. Participants in this workshop can expect plenty of time for writing, with sharing optional, and to leave with solid beginnings for great stories.
Gary Eldon Peter’s stories have appeared in Callisto, Alexandria Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, and other publications. His awards include a Loft-McKnight fellowship and two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and worked for many years as a lawyer in the legal publishing industry. He is currently a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and law and popular culture to both undergraduate and graduate students. He has been awarded residencies to the Anderson Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and is also a past Ragdale resident. His short fiction collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in Prose and will be published in fall 2018.
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