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Introductory | Turning our true stories (or someone else’s) into fiction is not simply a matter of changing names and locations to protect the innocent. In this workshop we will learn qualities of successful fiction writing including reshaping truth to engage readers fully. We will read, write stories, and share our own work with each other. Students can expect to leave this course with new tools, a developed draft of a story, and plenty of feedback from classmates and instructor for revision.
Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.