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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: Using Facts to Fascinate

July 12, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Worried you’ll bore readers by incorporating facts in your creative nonfiction? Make researched material work for you!

How do you know when too much information will bog down a narrative and bore the reader? How can you tell which facts will complement your scenes and reflections in an essential way? Skillfully weaving researched material into your essay or memoir will deepen your work’s impact, offering new contexts for experiences that might otherwise feel familiar, and reflecting the universal in the particular.

In this webinar, you’ll discover several ways to employ facts, anecdotes, oral histories, or interviews to benefit your personal essay or memoir. You’ll learn techniques for integrating this material to varying extents and purposes, from a casual reference that fills a gap to a daring leap that makes the reader’s head spin. We’ll examine inspiring examples from well-known authors, as well as confronting potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN how, where, and why research and other borrowed material add meaning and impact to your personal essay or memoir
  • EXAMINE model texts that deftly blend facts with compelling narratives 
  • UNDERSTAND potential pitfalls of relying on research–and how to avoid them 

This webinar is designed for writers at any level who want to expand the depth and range of their creative nonfiction by incorporating researched and other borrowed material seamlessly and effectively.

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔


TAMARA DEAN is a widely published author of fiction and nonfiction. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, the Guardian, Meridian, Orion, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Four of her essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and “Slow Blues” was a 2021 National Magazine Award finalist. She’s also the author of a book on sustainable living, The Human-Powered Home. She earned an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Mesa Refuge, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. She teaches writing independently and through several writing centers, and she’s passionate about helping people advance their craft.
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July 12, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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