What Might Have Happened As Well: Historical Writing at AWP in Minneapolis

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Friday, April 10, 2015

3:00 to 4:15 PM

AWP Conference

Room L100 J, Lower Level

F262. “What Might Have Happened As Well:” Using Historical Figures in Fiction, Drama, and Poetry. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) Historical figures have long played a role in creative writing and now seem more popular than ever. How (and why) do you turn a historical figure into a character? What obligations do you have to that person and do those change if the character is related to you? How do we break free from the expected narrative? These award-winning writers, who have used figures ranging from Flannery O’Connor to the disappeared crew of the Mary Celeste, share what they have learned along the way.