The term "Autofiction" comes from the combination of Autobiography and Fiction. Unlike an autobiographical novel in which parts of the novel are based on real events, autofiction novels are written in the first-person, with the protagonist having the same name as the author. So how is an autofiction novel different from a nonfiction memoir? How would a writer go about writing an autofiction novel if they've never drawn from their lives this much before? In this 6-week workshop, we will study excerpts by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Rachel Cusk, Sheila Heti, and more, and workshop our own exercises inspired by our in-class discussions.
(This class is designed for writers who consider themselves to be intermediate learners. It is recommended that students will have taken at least one fiction or non-fiction class at The Porch or elsewhere.)
Yurina Yoshikawa holds a BA in philosophy from Barnard College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she taught undergraduate writing. She worked in the book publishing industry in New York City for several years before moving to Nashville with her husband in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Pinch, The New Inquiry, Hyphen, Chapter 16, and others. She was a 2019-2020 OZ Art Wire Fellow, the winner of the 2020 True Tennessee Stories Contest, and the runner-up in the 2020 Pinch Awards for Fiction. For more information, visit www.yurinayoshikawa.com.
"Yurina is brilliant and so kind! You can tell she is passionate about writing, and she made difficult concepts easy to understand with a lot of examples and practice. She was also very mindful of making sure all students in the class were heard and had ample opportunities to participate at whatever level we were comfortable with."
"Yurina is a consummate professional as a teacher and sharer of knowledge. She was encouraging and helpful and constructed the class expertly with opportunities to participate. I learned things I'd never been taught before so it was challenging yet fun. I will be taking the next level class with Yurina at the Porch."
"Yurina is a wonderful instructor. She deeply engages with students and tailors lessons to meet budding writers where they are as she guides them towards where they could be as artists. More than that, she listens to her students and cultivates a safe, respectful and nurturing workshop environment. I will definitely seek out more classes with Yurina in the future!"