Taught by Kirstin ChenAuthor of Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O. Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick. Her new novel Bury What We Cannot Take has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Electric Literature, The Millions, Book Bub, and The Rumpus.

Beginning—and even more experienced—writers sometimes feel the need to hide that parts of their fiction are rooted in reality. Incorporating details from one’s own life can be viewed as something to be ashamed of, or even as a form of cheating. But the use of autobiography is a fictional strategy like any other, such as choosing a particular point-of-view or a particular structure. No matter what strategies one employs, the goal is always the same: to tell a good story. This webinar explores how writers can strategically use details from their lives to craft vivid fictional characters and to tell resonant stories.