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TRUTH AND DARE: Finding Meaning in Your Fiction with Rhonda Claridge
Explore through writing where real life ends and fiction begins. This two-day workshop will help you express (and discover) what is meaningful to you through writing: what true experiences motivate your work, and how can you make them truthful in fiction? Where does real life end and fiction begin? Award-winning writer and Colorado Mesa University instructor Rhonda Claridge will work with students on creating composite characters, developing fiction out of what they know, and elucidating the essence of their narratives. Students are invited to bring a piece of fiction writing on which they are already working or to start a new piece from scratch. Learn how to write the truth. We dare you! Rhonda Claridge received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and classical writing from New York University and went on to earn her Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado. Currently an instructor of English at Colorado Mesa University-Montrose Campus, Claridge teaches English Composition, Writing Studio, Reading Studio and Mythology. Originally from the Bahamas, Claridge moved to the high country of the Southern Rocky Mountains in 1992. She began reporting for a local newspaper in 1995, and she continues to publish articles as a freelance writer. Fiction, personal essays and researched non-fiction relating to human and natural history are her favored genres. Eight years ago, Claridge founded the Black Canyon Review, an annual publication of student essays from the Montrose Campus, which she continues to edit and produce for the benefit of students and the larger reading community. This publication grants students an opportunity to showcase their scholarly and creative achievements.