Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction Six MondaysOctober 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14 7PM-9PM
$400 General / $375 AAWW Members
$360 Early Registration before Labor Day - September 5th
Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations too strong to ignore. Every writer will have the opportunity to workshop one original piece. All levels of writers are welcome. This workshop is partially funded by a grant from Poets & Writers.
If interested in registering, please e-mail a paragraph about yourself and the writing project you would like to work on to firstname.lastname@example.org.Bushra Rehman’s first novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States, was noted among Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of South Asian American Literature. Rehman also co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her writing has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals. She has taught creative writing for over 15 years at organizations including Teacher & Writers Collaborative, Urban Word NYC and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Check out her website.What Writers are Saying About “Two Truths a Lie”
This class was an invaluable tool for combining reflection and creative energy. Bushra created an environment that was stimulating, challenging, and accepting all at once. This space opened up imaginative channels that had been blocked for years. This class helped lay the groundwork for a writing practice that will stretch well beyond these weeks. I'm so thankful for this space that brings all kinds of people together, and makes new writing and thinking possible!
- Trishala Deb
Bushra creates a space that is at once fun, challenging, and safe for writers to explore and reveal their stories.
- Kavita Das, Writer :: Nonprofit Consultant
Two Truths, provided a safe and supportive space for me to cultivate my talents as a writer; it helped me structure my writing practices, both disciplined and motivated me to write more, quelled my fears and winged my creativity. I've had som of my most insightful and emotionally charged moments as a writer in Bushra's workshop. Definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get their feet off the ground as a writer.
- Zainab Shah, Writer
I'm glad I found Bushra's workshop. She provides incredible material that gets the juices flowing, and creates a space where everyone is palpably engaged. The weeks with her flew by so fast. It was incredible to see how much our writing changed in such a short time. Thank you Bushra for helping us unleash our truth - and lies.
- May Pamana, Playwright
The workshop legitimizes the stories we tell with a supportive, diverse cast of eager readers. Bushra has the ability to govern a group into a family. An adjective to describe Two Truths and a Lie is: reformative.
- Pio Tsai, Writer
Two Truths was a reinvigorating experience for me as a writer. Bushra guided us in learning and experimenting with tools of the craft, and always made sure to set aside a chunk of time to actually write during workshop. She shared lots of resources with us and I loved the reading selections she curated with our interests in mind. It was a great experience to help co-create a community of writers where each person's work was given the time to be critiqued in detail, in a way that both supports you and pushes you to grow.
- Noelle de la Paz, Writer
Dates: 10/25 and 10/27 (6-9pm) & 10/29 (1-4pm)
Fees & Payment Options: $220 General / $200 AAWW Members (SIGN UP HERE!)
Full payment due before first class. Five RAWI members will receive a free spot in this class. Maximum of twelve students.
Develop your screenwriting skills with award-winning writer and director Darine Hotait, whose most recent film I Say Dust (2015) was screened at over 40 international film festivals and received multiple Best Short Fiction awards. The workshop will focuses on the main elements that construct a screenplay: act structure, character development, and scene breakdown. Using various exercises to put all the elements into practice, Darine will guide participants through the process from developing a simple idea into a 3-page screenplay draft. Students will learn about:
. Three acts structure and thematic development;
. Character development;
. Sequencing events;
. The dialogue: subtext & interior monologue;
. Screenplay formatting; and
. The business of screenwriting/pitching.
Darine Hotait is the writer and director of the short films Beirut Hide and Seek (2011), and I Say Dust (2015), which screened at over 40 international film festivals and received multiple Best Short Fiction awards. Her films received prestigious distribution and were acquired by reputable platforms such as AMC Network, Sundance Channel, BBC Channel, Shorts International & The Journal of Short Films. Her debut science fiction feature film project Symphony of a Flood was a finalist at the prestigious Hearst Screenwriting Competition at San Francisco Film Society and selected at the International Screenwriters' Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Her plays and science fiction have been published in numerous publications and featured in Halcyon exhibition at the Transart Triennal in Berlin and in London. Since 2010, Darine serves as the founder and executive director of Cinephilia productions in New York City, an incubator for the development of writers and filmmakers from the MENA region.
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If you’re as into partying down for ravishing literary fiction and colonial history as we are, then you cannot miss this book release party for Filipina-Australian author Sabina Murray’s epic novel Valiant Gentlemen (Grove Press 2016). The novel follows the life, love and politics of Irish revolutionary bad-ass Roger Casement (1864-1916), who campaigned against Belgian genocide in the Congo, called out the compulsory labor of the Putumayo Indians in Peru, and died at the hand of British executioners for his role in organizing the Easter Rising for Irish self-rule. Valiant Gentlemen explores Casement’s possible queer sexual identity and his relationships with English sculptor Herbert Ward and Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford. Called a “a modern marvel… made out of history” by novelist Alexander Chee, Valiant Gentlemen is the history of twentieth century imperialism written into a luminous novel of love and friendship--and written by a Pen/Faulkner winning writer who O Magazine called “ravishing” and the Boston Globe called “brilliant.” She’ll discuss the book’s nearly five-hundred-page novel sweep across four continents and almost half a century with 2013 PEN/Open Book Award winner Gina Apostol, the author of Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W. Norton 2013).
Sabina Murray is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Slow Burn, and the short story collections The Caprices, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner award, and Tales of The New World (Black Cat/Grove). She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and served as the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy Andover. Murray teaches in the MFA/Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. As AAWW Executive Director Ken Chen wrote in Bomb, Sabina Murray is a “charismatic storyteller with a rare gift for transmuting the archive into lyric performance and screwball comedy.”
Gina Apostol’s latest novel Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W.W. Norton 2013) is a recuperation of a nation’s troubled past and its flirtation with revolution. Punctuated by medication and trappings of wealth–a mansion overlooking the Hudson River, faceless domestic workers, solariums, and lavish sedans—protagonist Soledad Soliman begins the tale of reconciliation. Lapsing into a fractured memory of Marcos-era Manila, gun-toting, banner-waving student revolutionaries, opulent politicians, and red fervor are plenty. “Gina Apostol probes the hard truths of love, nationhood, and exile with crisp intelligence and subtle humor. Apostol is a fearless, stylish writer of substance and her American debut is long overdue,” lauds Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology and 2011 AAWW Lifetime Award Winner. Gina Apostol won the Philippine National Book Award for her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Read an excerpt of Gun Dealers’ Daughter in AAWW’s The Margins.
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