Get Fresh in ’15 Presents…

Fact Into Fiction

Presented by Valerie Parv AM on Sun Aug 23rd at 2pm.

This workshop explores how to translate real experiences into stories by looking at “how it really happened” versus “how it can be used”, the difference between “faction” and pure fiction, timing and chronology, and creating composite characters.

About your presenter:

Valerie Parv AM, Australian Society of Authors’ ASA Medal recipient 2014/15, has published over 85 novels and nonfiction with sales exceeding 29 million copies. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and many are now available as ebooks. She proudly serves as an Australia Day ambassador. With a master of arts from Queensland University of Technology, she is the first Australian author to receive a Pioneer Award from RT Book Reviews, New York. Valerie is represented by The Tate Gallery Pty Ltd in Sydney and enjoys connecting with readers via as well as  on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less

Endlessly curious. Exploring in words what makes people tick.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?

For my Masters, I explored the relationship between writers’ experiences and our fiction, and how the stories we choose to tell affect our real lives. The natural next step was to ask how to consciously fit real-life experiences into our narratives. The workshop, Fact into Fiction, looks at four ways to do this effectively.

What will participants take away from this session?

Almost everyone has a fascinating ancestor, family member or story we want to write about. The question is how to do it without being disowned ☺ The take-away will be how you can use real events in a way that makes entertaining reading, while honouring the story and people involved.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

If you’ve attended my workshops, you know I invariably call on those hiding down the back. I love getting everyone involved in exercises and discussions. I even encourage live tweeting if that’s your thing. Whatever gets everyone to take ownership of the content while having fun with it.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

Writers with some idea of how stories unfold, have perhaps played with characters and know basically how they’re developed. It’s a next-steps workshop, rather than a basic nuts and bolts one.

What is your latest/upcoming book release and where can member find out more?

Last year I finished a sci-fi romance trilogy about my aliens called Beacons, with two novellas linking the three books. It is being re-packaged and will be available soon. The latest news is always on my website which links to my blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.





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