Kinda True Stories: Turning Your Life Into Fiction (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner




THURSDAYS, APRIL 14–MAY 19  |  Is it true or is it fiction – and does it matter? Often the lines between memoir and fiction can be blurry. And most of great literature has at least some elements of truth in it, from books like Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior to Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar to modern examples like Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Chris Kraus’ and Eileen Myles’ work.

In this class we will explore memories, experiences, and characters from our own lives and turn them into fictional stories, blending the richness of our emotional and felt experiences with elements from our imagination to create compelling writing. We will have writing prompts, in-class exercises, and reading assignments as well as writing assignments due every week.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories, articles and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Men’s Health, Utne Reader, The Mississippi Review, Writing That Risks and Fence magazine. She is working on a memoir and combines autobiographical elements in her fiction. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.


Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19

Course fee: $390

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