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Many writers take their ideas for short stories and novels from real-life events, but how do we avoid that ripped-from-the-headlines whiff, the sensationalism that cheapens and dates what we create from that event? How do we even recognize a headline or historical fact as having the true potential to really propel a deep, emotionally complex narrative? In this class, we’ll discuss the promises and pitfalls of writing from current events, and we’ll examine successful (and not-so-successful) examples of this strategy. We’ll also try our hand at recognizing and developing potential plots and (more importantly) characters from current headlines.
Co-presented by LitCrawl Seattle.
Jennine Capó Crucet’s first book, How to Leave Hialeah, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, the Devil’s Kitchen Award in Prose, and was named a Best Book of the Year by The Miami Herald, the New Times, and the Latinidad List.