Telling the Truth in Fiction with Joann Smith

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM until Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:30 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Joann Smith
    2 hour session on Thursdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    November 12 to December 17, no session November 26
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Why do some stories touch us in ways that others don’t? How is it that some characters come alive and take up residence in our imaginations?

    Often the stories that speak most intimately to us are the stories that tell the truth -- sometimes beautifully, sometimes brutally.

    But the truth, as Oscar Wilde said, “is rarely pure and never simple.”

    In this workshop, we’ll ask questions of ourselves, each other and our characters. We’ll write, revise and repeat, and we’ll find the truth – in our plots, our descriptions, our dialogue and with our characters.

    A collection of Joann Smith’s short stories titled “A Heaven of Their Choosing” is forthcoming from 7.13 Books in 2021. She has had stories published in The Halcyone Literary Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Two Hawks Quarterly, Emerald Coast Review, The Examined Life Journal, Whitefish Journal, Clockhouse journal; servinghouse journal; Chagrin River Review, New York Stories, Literal Latte, Best of Writers at Work, Alternate Bridges, Image: A Journal of Art and Religion, So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, The Roanoke Review, The Greensboro Review, and The Texas Journal of Women and the Law. My story “Tuesday Night at the Shop and Shoot” was anthologized in Lock and Load: Armed Fiction, University of New Mexico Press; another story was selected by the editors of Best American Short Stories 2000 as one of the one hundred notable stories of the year. Her novel of historical fiction is titled When I Was Boudicca and is available on Amazon.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.