How to research your novel

Fiction may be a figment of a writer’s imagination, but it’s believable only if it’s built on facts

Every fiction writer has the same goal: to render the world of her story so vividly readers don’t want to leave. Fiction may be a figment of a writer’s imagination, but it’s believable only if it’s built on facts. Getting the details right—from Texas flora and fauna to a rainforest research station to the collection of debris after a space shuttle explosion—doesn’t happen by accident. It requires research, whether it’s scrolling through an art museum’s online database, interviewing experts, or simply taking a hike with binoculars and a field guide. In this workshop we will read examples of works by contemporary writers who did their homework and discuss how they obtained the information that proved so essential to their stories. We will discuss methods of research, from online investigations and library visits to traveling to distant locales, performing interviews, and taking notes. Students will also have the chance to participate in an in-class exercise that will help them establish a basic blueprint from which they can begin their own research.

When:
May 18, 2019
Cost:
Early-Bird until Monday, May 13th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, May 13th: $55 for members, $70 for non-member
Time:
9:30 am
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