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From Family Lore to Narrative Fiction with Maisy Card (Sold Out)


6 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a week Tuesdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST February 9 to March 16, 2021

This workshop has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Thierry Kehou at

In this class, we will explore approaches to writing fiction based on our own family histories and stories. Whether we are working on a short story or a novel, how can we responsibly create characters based on real people? How do we create a narrative arc out of oral histories or family lore? We’ll discuss how to research your family tree, how to fictionalize events from your own life, how to incorporate research into works not traditionally considered historical fiction, and how to create realistic depictions of the past. We’ll read non-fiction and fiction selections from writers such as Zadie Smith, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aleksander Hemon, Edwidge Danticat, and Michelle Cliff. Each participant will have the opportunity to workshop their own fiction.

Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Capacity: 12

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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  • Maisy Card credit Marian Calle (1)

    Maisy Card

    Maisy Card

    Maisy Card is a writer and a librarian. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and was shortlisted for The Center For Fiction First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, Glamour, AGNI, Lit Hub, and Guernica among other publications. She currently lives in Newark, NJ.