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Lying on Purpose : A Crash Course in Fiction Writing


  • Life in 10 Minutes 2707 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)
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Class Date(s)

4 Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm
9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9

Class Details

Albert Camus famously called fiction, “the lie through which we tell the truth.” In this 4-session intensive we’ll take a deep dive into the world of fiction writing and explore how “lying” on the page can actually work to bring reality into sharper focus. We’ll explore questions of craft and theme through a combination of close readings of short stories and novel excerpts, discussion, and workshopping of our own material. This class is ideally suited to beginning fiction writers and fiction-curious writers, as well as practiced fiction writers who are looking for new perspective on their work.

Because this is an intensive designed to maximize writers’ exposure to the topic, some outside “homework” will be required. Outside work will not exceed one hour per session (for a total of 4 hours), and the instructor will provide all reading materials. During the second week of instruction, students will also have the opportunity to workshop a piece of writing for feedback from their instructor and classmates.

What students of Lying on Purpose are saying:

I was new to writing fiction, a little anxious around the edges about trying it at all. Elizabeth’s writing class “Lying on Purpose” guided our small group of writers into the world of fiction with her careful reading of our work, her guidance and always clear and thoughtful suggestions as to what options we might consider in order to make our pieces stronger ones. In four intensive sessions, we brought our work to the table, shared it, edited it, learned from Elizabeth and each other in an environment that was creative, encouraging, focused and expansive. I would absolutely sign up for it again. - Mary Jo M.

Earlier Event: September 14
Inner Power: Writing and Meditation
Later Event: September 27
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