Mining Your Life to Create Characters and Story

What’s the best way to use life expe­ri­ence to inform your fic­tion? We’re nev­er tru­ly invent­ing char­ac­ters out of thin air; we mine our own expe­ri­ence for empa­thet­ic imag­in­ings, foun­da­tion­al truths, as well as for the mag­i­cal cre­ative leaps that dis­tin­guish fic­tion from fact. Cre­ate ter­rif­ic char­ac­ters and, by exten­sion, great sto­ries, by apply­ing coach­ing tech­niques to your cre­ative process. Find­ing your pas­sion and point as a writer can be the dif­fer­ence between obscu­ri­ty and find­ing an audi­ence. Through guid­ed dis­cus­sion and writ­ing exer­cis­es, you will devel­op and focus your cre­ative ideas. This course is most appro­pri­ate for emerg­ing writers.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Email

extnreg@ualberta.ca

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and October.

Course Not Offered This Term

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term. New course schedules are announced each June and October.


Sign up for updates

Interested in future offerings of this course? We can let you know when this course becomes available.