The workshop, Faking It: A playful, hands-on writing workshop exploring the lines between memoir and fiction, and between authors, narrators, characters and heteronyms, followed on from Hemley’s Present Tense Lecture on December 5th.
The day began with introductions and each Lab member discussing what had drawn them to the workshop.
Hemley then went through some fascinating information about the many shades and terms between memoir and fiction. Leading to a discussion of where each Lab member’s work fell into these terms, and what each attendee thought of these designations in the larger sense.
Each member read part of their bios which included fictional content. These readings previewed a huge variety of style and approaches. Leading to a discussion about tension in the bios – what this was, where it was and how to interpret it.
Following this discussion was a writing activity. Members wrote about themselves either as a series of questions, or as Borges had done in “Borges y Yo/Borges and I”. The day concluded with the group reading the wonderful pieces they had produced during the workshop.