What You Know: Writing Our Way Into the World
Remember that old creative writing chestnut “Write what you know”? Turns out you know a lot more than you might have ever dreamed possible. In this interactive course, we’ll be exploring how as fiction writers we can imagine ourselves into different times, different places, and different characters. Through readings and writing assignments, we’ll delve into some of the ways authors are able to cast their fictional nets out into world and the past, using both research and imagination. In the second half of the workshop, participants will draft a short piece of fiction and then meet online with their instructor to discuss how they might push their work to the next level.
Travis Holland is the author of The Archivist’s Story (Dial Press). His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Five Points, and The Quarterly, among other publications. His essays and book reviews can be found at Fiction Writers Review, where he is a contributing editor, and he hosts the podcast Footnotes to a Novel. He is the winner of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and was a finalist for the Impac Dublin prize. He has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan, and since 2008 has led writing workshops at the Knight Wallace Fellowship in Ann Arbor.