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Using Military Experience to Inform Your Fiction
March 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm$45
Many veterans and active-duty military members have profound experiences in combat, in war zones, during peacekeeping, or in exotic places–all of which they want to use in writing fiction. It’s an incredible well from which to draw very vivid and highly emotive writing, but there are pitfalls. In this seminar, we’ll discuss turning the raw memories and emotions of military experiences into good fiction, opening yourself up to your own past (and present) fears, and building characters and events that appeal well beyond a military/veteran readership. We’ll share some experiences, brainstorm some story concepts, and parse some fine examples of writers who got it right–and maybe one or two who got it dead wrong. Taught by a 20-year retired military guy with two historical novels on the street, both set during World War I and the 1920s. This seminar is open to all levels of experience. Cost: $45 (or $40 for returning students).