Saturday, September 12, 2015

Brooklyn, NY

St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn - Room 3203 at 2:15 - 3:00 pm

The Art of the Nonfiction Narrative

Dani Shapiro said that when writing nonfiction, “the art isn’t in discovering the story, as much as it is in making the emotional connections and juxtapositions that form a story. It’s also the art of chiseling a story out of a life. Not everything belongs” (Slice #16). This advice rings true with all sorts of nonfiction narrative, whether it’s a memoir, a biography, or a journalistic investigation. A nonfiction writer’s true art lies in discovering which parts of the story to tell, and then, weaving those details into an emotionally charged narrative. A team of nonfiction writers discuss their art, what guides them as they chisel a story out of a life, and how they go about crafting a narrative that resonates with readers.

Panelists: Heidi Julavits, Author, The Folded Clock: A Diary; Mira Ptacin, Author, Poor Your Soul; Kristen Radtke, Author, Graphic Memoir/Pantheon Books; Dani Shapiro, Author, Still Writing

Moderator: Kate Napolitano, Editor, Penguin/Plume

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