Fiction Workshop: Pushing the Boundaries of the Imagination with JR Helton
May 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$150.00
Instructor: J.R. Helton
In this 6-week fiction workshop, learn to be creative and far-reaching in your choice of topics by considering new sources for your stories and by pushing the boundaries of your imagination. Explore any category of fiction and celebrate not censoring yourself in the least as you delve deep into the play and process of fiction writing. One can still “write what you know” as the old maxim goes, but also, one can “write towards what you do not yet know,” which can be even more thrilling for one’s self and one’s readers. Students will write, workshop, revise, and draft works of fiction with the goal of creating a completed short story or the beginnings of a novel by the end of the course.
This is a 6-week class that takes place on May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
J.R. Helton has been writing and publishing for over 30 years. He also worked in the movie business for ten years primarily as a Scenic Artist on the sets of 25 films ranging from Lonesome Dove to Dazed and Confused. He’s the author of two memoirs, Below the Line (Last Gasp Books of California, 2000) on the film business and Man and Beast (Abiqua Press, 2001) on animal rescue and welfare. He’s published the autobiographical novels or, “fictionalized memoirs,” Drugs (2012) and The Jugheads (2014) from Seven Stories Press and Random House in New York. Helton has also published many short stories and poems and won a Pushcart Prize. His two books in French were published by 13th Note Editions in Paris, Au Texas Tu Serais Deja Mort (2011) and Voyage au bout de la Blanche (2013). His latest book is being published by Liveright/W.W. Norton in January 2018, a memoir entitled Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions: Dispatches from the Working Class based on the author’s twenties in the 1980’s in Austin, Texas.