Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Blog readers in Chicago have an opportunity to attend a free program put together by Debbie Borman. It's called From History to Mystery: Crafting a True Story into a Compelling Tale, a two-day colloquium in Evanston, Illinois. The event taps into the renewed interest in true-crime narrative and explores how to shape true stories into accurate but compelling narratives (something of great interest to the legal writer, of course!).
- The event starts on Thursday, May 25 with a lecture by bestselling author Daniel Stashower, tracing the “non-fiction novel” genre from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood to such recent bestsellers as Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, and exploring the fiction techniques that help writers in this genre craft stories that both engage readers and can withstand rigorous fact-checking.
- A workshop the afternoon of Friday, May 26 features an interactive “CSI: Evanston” activity that will challenge participants to outline a true-crime narrative.
- The colloquium ends that Friday evening with a brief storytelling session on the life of a notable mystery author and a dramatic, interpretive reading of that author’s work.
The event is free to attend, and you can register for any or all of the events on the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-history-to-mystery-crafting-a-true-story-into-a-compelling-tale-tickets-32944774708. The event is financed by a grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern University.
Hat tips to Debbie Borman and Susie Salmon.