Letters From the Program Director: It’s Not Just Googling!

Hello, writers!

At nearly every panel I have ever moderated, no matter who the writers were or what they were writing, I asked them about their research process and that’s probably because research is an essential part of the writing process. Whether you’re writing historical fiction or science fiction/fantasy, or a novel set in the early 2000s, if you want to achieve authenticity in your work, you should probably do some research.

The research you do will absolutely vary depending on your project, but everyone faces pretty similar obstacles when it comes to research for their fiction. Not only do writers need to figure out how to conduct good research, but also how to incorporate that research into their novel in order to make the experience richer for readers without getting bogged down in the details.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Research in Fiction: How to Do It and Bring It to Life” with Gordy Sauer on Saturday, June 11th. If you’re writing a novel or short stories that require research and you’re not sure where to start or how to incorporate it into your work, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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