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David Hill: From Life to the Page – Crafting Stories from Our Own Experiences

David Hill copy1 Saturday, January 14, 10am-4pm   
$130 members/$145 non-members     
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“Nothing needs to happen to a writer’s life after they are twenty. By then they’ve experienced more than enough to last their creative life.” – Flannery O’Connor

“Our own experiences provide us an abundance of source material for writing,” says instructor David Hill. “But where to begin? How do we identify those charged moments from our pasts, and more importantly, how do we give shape to those events on the page in a way that captures their essence and provides a dynamic and engaging literary experience?”

In this one-day workshop, writers of both fiction and nonfiction will explore the fertile literary ground of their lives, including the many small but significant moments within the larger story, and begin putting pen to page in a variety of creative exercises that incorporate elements of narrative craft. Students can expect to depart with an abundance of rich new material and concrete tools to propel them forward, to keep them energized and motivated to continue onward with their writing.

David William Hill served as assistant editor for two oral history books: Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (McSweeney’s, 2008) and Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy (McSweeney’s, 2014). He currently serves on the editorial staff of Chicago Quarterly Review. His fiction has appeared in [PANK], Chicago Quarterly Review, Hobart, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and Cimarron Review, among others, and he was a finalist for both a Glimmer Train prize and the Montana Prize in Fiction. He holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing at San Francisco State, Academy of Art University, and City University of Hong Kong.

 


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