Stretching the Truth: Creating Fiction From Life

Course Dates: 
Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 1, 2011 (No class on Oct. 25)
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marjorie Klein
Course Catalogs: 
2011 Fall

Our lives are a kaleidoscope of memories: moments both happy and sad. In this course, those memories will be refracted through the prism of imagination to create their fictional counterparts. With the freedom that fiction allows, what was once fact can be set loose to roam wherever we wish. There will be no required reading, but you will have the option of bringing in a brief passage of either fiction or memoir that strikes you, to read to the class and tell why you chose it. There will also be free-writing from a prompt which will trigger a recollection. That memory will be used as a base for an exercise that will take it into the realm of fiction—perhaps uncovering the underlying meaning behind the reality that inspired the fantasy. Throughout the course, participants will work on a completed story based on in-class writing, to be read at the last class.

Marjorie Klein ( is a novelist, a freelance writer for several publications, and has taught creative writing at the University of Miami, Florida International University, Warren Wilson College and UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program.