The Thin Line Between Historical Fact & Fiction

Does fiction have a duty to be factually accurate? Whether setting your contemporary novel against the backdrop of actual events, or delving into historical fiction several generations (or even centuries) removed, it can be a challenge to determine how and when to fill in the gaps in what is known, when it's okay to take creative license, and how to deliver a narrative that captures both the flavor and truth of the real-life inspiration. We will explore the choices that writers must make between what was real and what best serves the story and the reader.