Autofictions: Pushing our Truths to Tell Better Stories with Brent van Staalduinen
Our lives are full of great fictions and great truths, and the lines between them are hazy. Some people fear this uncertainty, but the writer should not: every memory and experience is valuable, and can seed great writing. In this workshop, participants will discover how the elements of great fiction are synonymous with the best ways to use and tell their own truths, and explore new ways to craft them to make their stories better. Bring pen, paper, and some of your own truths to explore.
Brent van Staalduinen is the author of Saints, Unexpected (Invisible Publishing), a novel of magical realism. His short fiction has won a number of awards, notably the Bristol Short Story Prize, The Fiddlehead Best Fiction Award, and the Lush Triumphant Literary Award, and has been featured The New Quarterly, The Sycamore Review, Prairie Fire, EVENT, Litro, The Writer Magazine, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches writing at Redeemer University College. He lives and writes in Hamilton.