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Telling the Truth: Impacting Your Writing with Life & Experience

Event Type: Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Event Date and Time:
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Description: Telling the Truth: Impacting Your Writing with Life & Experience Most people have a hard time being truthful all the time, and maybe that's just fine. Typically we do, for example, often distinguish between white lies and those of greater magnitude; and often we discern a difference in "truth" with a small or a capital "T." So what IS the duty of the writer? Aren't all poems and memoirs "truth"? Doris Lessing described fiction as being more truthful than life itself. When we hear an extraordinary tale, why does it matter to us, as readers or audience, that the story was "totally true"? Whether you are a writer of fiction, creative non fiction, screen/plays, or poetry, this course will help you get past your own hesitations to find the integrity residing inside your work. Sometimes it is about finding the most compelling angle to tell your story, or, surprisingly, leaving something out. Exercises will help you to learn to trust the reader and trust yourself and let the truth speak for itself and propel your work forward. Not unlike a gifted karate master, success lies in channeling the energy of reality, not in necessarily being stronger than an opponent. The writer who can masterfully channel the energy of the truth can and will have a lasting impact on any reader. Presented by: American Book Award winner, Allison Hedge Coke, is the author of Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe (poetry); Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir; and Blood Run, a verse-play. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas and Effigies. She has cropped tobacco, worked fields, waters, and factories. ALLISON HEDGE COKE WILL ALSO BE SPEAKING FOR FREE ON "WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH" at CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY (8194 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75231), SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 12, 10-11:30. Some short generative exercises will be offered, but no one has to share unless self-motivated to do so. ALLISON WILL ALSO BE SPEAKING for FREE THIS SUNDAY 1:30-3 PM at The Writer's Garret, 10809 Garland Road, on the subject of "Creative Writing, Mentoring, and Coaching." Bring everyone you know--for ALL ages!
The Writer's Garret
10809 Garland Road
Dallas, TX
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