What's the Story Behind the Story?


Our story is made richer by the facts we uncover.

“Fiction is not a dream. Nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up.” Margaret Culkin Banning, "The Writer" 1960.


In preparation for a workshop on research that I'm giving this Saturday at Women Writing for (a) Change, I'm thinking about the treasure trove of information I've uncovered about my father, a man who died before I was born.


I have a picture of him from behind. Until I wrote to the picture, I realized that I'd never seen him from that angle. The writing exercise humanized him.


What are you writing? What questions are still out there to be answered?


Join me Saturday if you are curious about what might enrich the stories you write. We will be at Women Writing for (a) Change from 9:30 to 12:30. I'll give tips and techniques to get the accurate information about people and places, and we will work on some writing to apply what you learn. Click on the link below to sign up. Cost is $35.


I'm excited to lead a workshop at Women Writing for (a) Change Saturday, August 17. https://www.womenwriting.org/home/programs/the_craft_of_writing_classes/digging_up_a_better_story_going_beyond_google_to_research_your_novel_727.html



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