Fact Into Fiction
Presented by Valerie Parv AM on Sun Aug 23rd at 2pm.
About your presenter:
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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