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FICT 66 — Turning Our Life Stories into Fiction

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 3
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Units: 3
Tuition: $665
Instructor(s): Elizabeth Percer
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 19
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 24—Dec 3
10 weeks
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Oct 7
3 Units
Elizabeth Percer
Please Note: No class on November 19
Have you ever dreamed of capturing a personal or family story on the page? Have you ever felt inspired to create fiction based on your passions, experiences, or professional identity? Many of our greatest works of fiction are based on real-life experiences, and this course is aimed at helping students pull from their own life experiences to create memorable works. We will get inspired by a wide variety of authors who’ve come before us, leaping from the playful to the profound and back again as we read Tim O’Brien, Alice Walker, Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, Khaled Hosseini, Harper Lee, and others. We will also draw on author interviews to inform our studies, learning from the shared experiences of Vladimir Nabokov, Truman Capote, and Sandra Cisneros. In-class writing exercises will help us recognize and discover our best material, and we will workshop our own stories or novel chapters in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Along the way, we will work together to discover how stories inspired by fact can offer us the best of both worlds—the freedom of fiction combined with the irreplaceable power of lived experiences.

This course is designed for new and seasoned writers alike.

Elizabeth Percer, Author

Elizabeth Percer is the author of two novels, All Stories Are Love Stories and An Uncommon Education, as well as Ultrasound, a book of poems reflecting on the intersections of pregnancy and medicine. She is a threetime nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has twice received awards from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. Percer received a PhD in arts education from Stanford, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Writing Project at UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.