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The Art of Autofiction Weekend Immersion (Zoom) with Frances Badalamenti, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2024
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The Art of Autofiction Weekend Immersion (Zoom) with Frances Badalamenti, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2024

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Live Seminar Via Zoom Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Class will meet 10:00AM PST – 1:00PM PST on Both Days

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Taught by New Yorker contributor Frances Badalamenti, author of I Don’t Blame You and Salad Days, this class will take a deep dive into the unique genre of autofiction or autobiographical fiction.

During this weekend autofiction intensive, we will take a deep dive into the unique art of autofiction. Autofiction combines the disciplines of autobiography and fiction. It can be written like memoir or like fiction, but it generally comes down to style: autofiction is often highly introspective and mainly focuses on interior life.

For this course, we will focus mainly on women writers of autofiction, such as: Lucia Berlin, Zinzi Clemmons, Annie Erneaux, Tove Ditlevsen, Marguerite Duras, Carmen Maria Machado, Sigrid Nunez, and Yuko Tsushima.

This class is for all levels of writers and readers.


  • Excerpts: Frances will provide (5) excerpts from works of autofiction and (3) craft essays to be read ahead of time; we will spend time discussing them as a group.
  • Craft talk: we will discuss various elements of creative writing and how those disciplines are often used in autofiction
  • Writing: we will practice writing in the vein of autofiction.
  • Sharing of work: there will be the opportunity to share your work (always optional), but the structure will not be in a traditional workshop format (no feedback on your work, just the option to share)

You will gain:

  • a concrete understanding of the unique art of autofiction
  • inspiring community dialogue and critique of contemporary autofiction authors
  • how elements of craft are used in autofiction
  • coming away with an understanding of how to write autofiction

Craft talk (and how these narrative elements relate to autofiction):

  • Story structure and plot development (book map/story grid)
  • Scene vs. exposition (The Yellow Test)
  • Dialogue
  • Tense: 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person, omniscient 
  • Character development/POV
  • Voice, tone, mood, style
  • Pacing
  • Throughlines and themes

  • You’re curious to learn more about autofiction as a genre
  • You’re looking for inspiration and/or to possibly begin writing in this genre
  • You’d like to engage in a lively discussion about contemporary autofiction writers such as Sheila Heti, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Chris Kraus, Ben Lerner, Brandon Taylor, Edouard Louis and more


  • A broad understanding of what autofiction really means
  • Inspiration and knowledge that you can apply to your writing and/or reading practices
  • An expanded list of autofiction titles for further reading and study


Live Seminar Via Zoom Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2024. Class will meet 10:00AM – 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time on Both Days


You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Frances Badalamenti | Live via Zoom

  • Live Seminar Via Zoom Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th, 2024

  • 10:00AM PST – 1:00PM PST

  • Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

Instructor Frances Badalamenti is the author of the novels, I Don't Blame You (2019) and Salad Days (2021). Some of her shorter work can be found at The New Yorker, The Believer Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Longreads and elsewhere. She teaches writing workshops and also works individually as a mentor for writers. Frances lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son.