Research creates authenticity in your stories. Doing your research ensures your heroine doesn't go riding down the cobblestone streets when the streets in that part of the city were brick. Research puts the magazine into your hero's Glock, not the clip.. Whether literary or historical, getting to the primary sources (rather than stopping at secondary sources like google searches) insures you have the best information to weave into your story. We’ll discuss interviewing, experiential research, library and historical society sources as well as tracking and documentation. Finally, we'll describe how to weave what you've learned back into the story in a natural way.
In the age of “google it”, writers often approach research as keystrokes to accurate information. We fall into the rabbit hole of the internet and waste precious writing time. Capturing primary sources and engaging interviewees aren’t just skills for journalists, but writers are often left their college devices to sort through data that bring credibility to their books. With Portland Regional Arts and Culture Council grants, Jennifer, Kim, and Joe bring their research knowledge to other inquisitive writers.
Because this is a grant funded workshop, we bring it to you at half the cost.
Jennifer Springsteen is a recipient of a 2009 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and two 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grants. Stories in the collection Virginia State Map have been nominated for Pushcart prizes. She is co-founder of PDX Writers where she facilitates, edits, and coaches.
Kim Taylor Blakemore is a recipient of a 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grant and finalist for the 2018 Tucson Festival of the Books Literary Award for her novel The Companion. She is author of the historical novels Bowery Girl and Cissy Funk. She is a workshop facilitator with PDXWriters.
Joe Springsteen has 30 years of paralegal experience, and has been a Private Investigator for the last 12 years. He is a contract researcher for local writers. Joe is also a writer and musician living in Portland Oregon.