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Huntington Memorial Library

62 Chestnut Street

Oneonta, NY 13820

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Transformations: Autobiography into Fiction
Workshop Leader: Alice Lichtenstein

“Transformations” is a two-session (two hours per session) workshop devoted to helping writers or would-be writers transform their autobiographical material into fiction or memoir. Many writers are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of memory and experience they possess and need to find ways to identity and focus on the truly resonant details of their lives. During the workshop, Alice will lead participants through a series of writing experiments that help to uncover significant memories and experiences—the ones that might form the basis of fiction or memoir.

Furthermore, she will discuss the importance of using precise details and images to render experience. Several experiments that encourage the writer to use precise sensual detail and images, rather than abstraction, in telling a story will be used.

Biographical Statement for Alice Lichtenstein

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received an MFA from Boston University where she was named the Boston University Fellow in Creative Writing. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and the Barbara Demming Award in Fiction. She has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000) was a Booksense 76 selection in paperback fiction; her second novel, Lost, (Scribner, 2010) was a long-list Finalist for the Dublin IMPAC International Award in Fiction. Lichtenstein has published stories in several literary journals including: Post Road and Short Story.

Lichtenstein has taught fiction-writing at Boston University, Wheaton College, Lesley College, and the Harvard University Summer School. She now teaches at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.

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