1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
How I Went Deep: Writing Intimate Stories about Other People—With No Regrets with Nell Lake, author of The Caregivers
Compelling stories often take readers deeply into characters’ lives. A big part of a writer’s work is to shape readers’ experience of characters’ personalities, challenges, strengths, weaknesses—a process that can be both fascinating and challenging. For her book, The Caregivers: A Support Group’s Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love, journalist Nell Lake spent two years immersed in the lives of members of a support group for family caregivers. In this session, Nell will talk about the experience of growing closer to her subjects, and of seeking to portray them with accuracy and care. She'll lead discussion about writing narrative—whether fiction or nonfiction—with intimacy, compassion, and respect. You’ll have the opportunity to talk about your own writing, to share ideas and challenges, and consider new ways of approaching your creative work. Visit her online at: www.NellLake.com