Course Details

963: Jump Starting Your Creative Writing

February 4-8, 2019
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

A lot of us are "wannabe" writers, but find it hard to figure out how to begin. There are many successful authors who start by applying their imagination to their own personal memories and telling a story within a broader landscape of time and place. In this class we will explore how each of us might try to do something like that ourselves. We will first think about interesting people or experiences that we remember and then consider how we can imaginatively turn that memory into fiction. Then we can discuss how to go about creating a place and time for the story to take place. Our discussions should help us grasp a tale by the tail and start writing!

Class Format: Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Barton Veret
Barry Veret worked for USAID and as an international development consultant. He is a lawyer and was an undergraduate philosophy major. In retirement, he has taken up creative writing, publishing a novel, writing short stories and essays, and is currently working on a novella. He has been an OLLI member for many years.