Master Class with Julie Buntin

April 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Using What You Know to Write Whatever You Want

Master Class with Julie Buntin
Saturday, April 6
1 to 3 p.m.
Urban Coalhouse (private room)

Most writers grapple, at some point, with the old adage “write what you know.” But no matter how much we draw from the reservoir of memory and history, successful fiction always has a greater alliance to the truth of the story than to the truth of our lives. In this generative craft class, we explore practical strategies for writing the familiar while also allowing for our imaginations to travel beyond our own experience. We discuss methods for incorporating research into fiction and ways of being alert to the stories that are uniquely ours. Writers leave invigorated, having generated plenty of in-class writing with a clearer sense of what it means to write what you know and how to give yourself permission to both embrace—and stray from—the truth on the page.

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Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her debut novel, Marlena, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and named a best book of the year by more than a dozen outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, and Kirkus Reviews. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, Guernica, and other publications. She has taught creative writing at New York University, Columbia University, and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, and is both an associate editor and the director of writing programs at Catapult.