In a graduate Fiction workshop class, people knew I was writing memoir. However, they read the "madeup" parts as true and the accurate parts as "stereotypical."
Michelle : it's hard work, coming up with the truth.
Sarah : Stranger than.
Bethany : I remember getting castigated in an undergrad class because the main characters struggle with narcolepsy was unrealistic and cartoonish. They thought I should have done more research. Smh
Dennis : That's EXACTLY what I mean. You should read a book called Reality Hunger. It talks about such things that happen.
Dennis : BTW: Sorry that happened to you, Bethany.
Bethany : Oh, I laughed. Adam was the instructor and the only one who knew I had narcolepsy (I tell all my teachers ) and he had his head in his hands the whole time. Then I got to tell everybody that I'd been diagnosed since I was sixteen and they ended up feeling silly. Teehee.
Dennis : I'm planning on conducting my worksops like Laura. I've had so many bad experiences while a student--except in her class. Thanks, Laura!
Dennis : workshops!
Bethany : I know, she was so good!