In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye’s characters in Shelf Life of Happiness long for that most-elusive of states: happiness. A young skateboarder reaches across an awesome gap to reconnect with his disapproving father; an elderly painter executes one final, violent gesture to memorialize his work; a newly married writer battles the urge to implode his happy marriage; and a confused young man falls for his best friend’s bride and finally learns to love. In each case, Pye’s characters aim to be better people as they strive for happiness—and some even reap the sweet reward of achieving it.
Finding Inspiration for Fiction Writing
Wednesday, October 16
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Be Well Be Here
91 Main Street, Suite 302
Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write what we know, but many great works of fiction are set in times and places not known first-hand by their authors. How do we use our imaginations to take us into territory we’ve never charted before? In this discussion and guided writing session, we’ll explore unexpected sources of inspiration: anecdotes passed down in families, newspaper articles that resemble fictional plots, overheard snippets of conversation, old photographs, and more. We'll train ourselves to spot story ideas in our daily lives and in what we read and experience through art, movies, and even music. We’ll learn from authors Roxana Robinson, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Lily King, and Arthur Golden about what inspired them. Using photos and other writing prompts, we’ll embark on imaginative journeys of our own.