Fiction as Nonfiction
Bad news: There are business reasons for would-be journalists and non-fiction writers to turn back --- journalism jobs are scarce, publishers have trouble selling non-fiction. Good news: There are business reasons for those writers to turn to fiction. 1) Great stories have all the characteristics of fiction: character, plot, conflict. 2) Great stories have what distracted readers crave: velocity. 3) Consider Balzac, champion of realism, as a non-fiction writer of novels.
After 40 years as a journalist, I now write plays and novels. My play tells the little known story of the final years of Henri Matisse, the 2nd most famous artist of the last century. My new novel is another little known story: the life-changing White House love affair of John F. Kennedy, the most famous President of the last century. Both exhaustively researched, both aimed at the literary and mass audience.
In this advanced level session, participants will share stories they might want to write as non-fiction, and we’ll discuss their viability as fiction.