Writing Auto-Fiction, or How to Write about Yourself without Writing about Yourself
with award-winning author Janice Weizman
Thursday, October 28, 10:00 – 13:30
You want to write about the life you’ve lived, the experiences that shaped you, the hard-won insights you’ve gained along the way. But what if rather than just telling your story, you want the freedom to explore it without the constraint of “the facts”? How can you write truthfully about your life while rejecting memoir’s insistence of remaining faithful to “the truth”? The genre of Autofiction offers a way of writing a protagonist that shares key traits with the author but ultimately, and importantly, is not the author.
In this workshop, we’ll look at works of autofiction by Rachel Cusk, Chris Kraus, Ben Lerner, and Teju Cole, examining how these writers fictionalize themselves and their experiences. The writing exercises in this workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to experiment with material drawn directly from their own lives, while making use of the creative flexibility which the genre unlocks. and facilitating the first steps toward writing a work of autofiction.
Light refreshments will be served.
Details: 400nis if you register by October 1 and 450nis subsequently; non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the workshop and your place cannot be filled.
Janice Weizman is the author of the award winning historical novel, The Wayward Moon (Yotzeret, 2012). Her writing has appeared in World Literature Today, Ha’aretz, The Jerusalem Report, Lilith, and other places. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at Bar Ilan, she served for 10 years as a Fiction editor for The Ilanot Review, and now curates the book review website, Reading Jewish Fiction She has taught creative writing at David Yellin College, Write Space, The Writing Pad, Israel Writers Studio, and instructs and mentors creative writers in private classes and workshops.