How Writers Create Fiction from Their Lives

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Books & Authors

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Adults, Adults 55+
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Presented by Robert Markowitz, author of the novel Clown Shoes. Designed for writers (fiction & memoir) and non-writers who are curious about how to augment a narrative, Ernest Hemingway fans, or anyone interested in a drastic career change.

Using Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises as an example, Robert offers four insights on how to shape a life experience into compelling fiction: 1) Find the deeper meaning; 2) Raise the stakes; 3) Identify or create a human antagonist; and 4) Condense the time-line. The presentation will also cover how Hemingway converted his notes on a trip to Pamplona, Spain, into fiction, and how Robert used these insights to strengthen the story line of his book, Clown Shoes.

But the “secret sauce,” Robert argues, is to include an impactful relationship that pervades the story, provoking personal growth; An audio-visual component will focus on that relationship.

This event will be offered in person (in the Conference Room) and virtually on ZOOM. To access the program on ZOOM:

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Meeting ID: 812 9432 7891