JEN SOOKFONG LEE
“When Memoir Inspires Fiction”
Monday, December 8, 2008 6pm - 8pm
Vancouver Public Library - Central Library
Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Write what you know,” and many of us are taking that to heart, using our memoirs or the memoirs of those we’re close to as springboards for a novel or a collection of short stories. However, using personal experience as fodder for your fiction can be riddled with challenges that most of us never anticipate.
Jen Sookfong Lee will lead a fiction workshop that explores the issues of using what you know to create something entirely new. We will be discussing novels and short stories by established writers who have been open about mining their own experiences for their work; a list of these titles will be distributed to participants during the workshop. As well, Jen will talk about the publishing process and how to manage promotion when your book is intimately connected to your personal life or the lives of people you’re close to. Participants are asked to submit 10 to 15 pages of their current fiction project, a portion of which will be read aloud and discussed during the workshop.
REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED
To register, or for more information, please email or call 416.504.8222 x 242