In this class, we'll look at how to use the material of our lives in fiction, moving through memory, history, facts, and feelings to get at the heart and heat of the story we want to tell. We'll read works of writers who expertly play along the fiction/non-fiction spectrum, like Jo Ann Beard, T Kira Madden, Ben Lerner, and others. Each week, one to two stories or excerpts will be assigned to be read before class, through which we will explore the definition of "autofiction," how helpful or unhelpful genre classifications can be, and various approaches to the application of personal experience in literary fiction. We will also workshop one another's stories, using our own work as more ground for exploration of memory, autobiography, fiction, non-fiction, and all the genre-bending fun that can be had!
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Heather Hasselle is a writer and educator in New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent two years as an editorial assistant at American Short Fiction and has taught creative writing to kids, teens, and adults through Austin Bat Cave, Badgerdog Publishing, HIVE, and New Orleans' Beaubourg School. She was a 2019 resident at Sundress Academy for the Arts and has attended various workshops, including the Tin House Summer Workshop in 2016 and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2021. She currently teaches art and writing through the non-profit programs Young Audiences of Louisiana and Community Works. She has fiction in Pithead Chapel, Nurture Literary, and Joyland Magazine. In the fall of 2022, Heather will be in residence at Sarasvati, an artist retreat in the rolling hills of mid-south Tennessee. She is at work on a novel, Dirt Don’t Hurt, based on a childhood spent with her racecar-driving dad at dirt tracks across the American South.
Heather is new to The Porch. Welcome!