Weaving Real-Life Stories Into Your Novels The Ethical Way

Many authors, including this session speaker, weave real-life experiences, events, and people into their fiction. Depending on the degree of ‘real-life’ portrayed in a novel, it may be deemed ‘faction’ — fact and fiction. You’ll learn the key to successfully writing in this way with Dr. Heiss. You will leave this session with practical examples from the speaker’s research, writing, and ‘approvals’ process.

SPEAKER: Dr. Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature. Her published works include the historical novel “Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence,” Sydney 1937, non-fiction text “Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight)” Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and a literacy reader entitled “Me and My Mum.” Dr. Heiss’ fiction works include “Not Meeting Mr. Right,” “Avoiding Mr. Right” and “Paris Dreaming.” She is currently working as a full-time writer and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. Her latest book, “Am I Black Enough For You?” was released in 2012 by Random House Books Australia.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 9:35 a.m.

LOCATION: Black Writers Reunion & Conference 2012
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Boulevard (Route A1A)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33319

Writing Faction” (How to Ethically Weave Real-Life Stories Into Your Novels) is one of 30+ hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes offered through the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference, North America’s foremost literary event for Black writers and editors since 2000.


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