July 22-24, 2021


Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction

Prizewinning author Elizabeth Sims presents an in-depth look at research techniques that make today’s fiction jump off the page. She’ll share the keys to finding out just about anything, from real people who know what they’re talking about. Also, she’ll give solid, fast hacks on how to gain first-hand experience, having tagged along to movie auditions, attended class at Harvard Law School, played music on the street for money, used a firearm, wrangled livestock, opened and walked through countless scary doors, and much more. You’ll take away the principles of authenticity, how to extrapolate from what you know already, and perhaps just as important, how to fake it—convincingly! Join Elizabeth for this invigorating session, with Q & A afterward.

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