Conference Schedule 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Did That Really Happen?: Writing Characters So Real, They Walk Right off the Page with Kirstin Chen
Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Traditions, University Club (view map)
Type(s): Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
About the Session
This session explores how writers can strategically use details from their lives to craft vivid fictional characters and to tell resonant stories. Beginning—and even more experienced—writers sometimes feel the need to hide that parts of their fiction are rooted in reality. But the use of autobiography is a fictional strategy like any other, such as choosing a particular point-of-view or a particular structure. No matter what strategies one employs, the goal is always the same: to tell a good story.