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Autobiographical Fiction with J.R. Helton

November 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Students will generate, workshop, and revise works of fiction based initially or partially upon fact or any real life experience, the more truthful and personal the better. The goal will be to produce a fictional short story or even the beginnings of a novel. Unconstrained by strict rules of memoir or “fact-based” narrative non-fiction, students will experiment with more fluid methods of storytelling and learn strategies to re-see their own writing processes. A seemingly mundane afternoon spent alone, or talking with a friend, can be turned into a great piece of fiction.

This is a multi-session workshop that takes place on Thu Nov 3, 10, 17 & Dec 1.

j-r-heltonJohn “J.R.” Helton is the author of Below the Line (2000) on the film business, the animal rescue memoir Man and Beast (2001), and the novels Drugs (2012) and The Jugheads (2014) from Seven Stories Press in New York. The artist R. Crumb has painted four original covers for his books. He’s published a number of short stories and poems as well in Mineshaft Magazine, The Sun, The Loose Canon, Savage Kick, and in The Missouri Review. His latest literary novel Finding the Cure for Cancer is currently with Liveright/WW Norton.


November 3, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Gemini Ink
1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Alexandra van de Kamp