113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Creative Writing: Between the Lines: Fiction or Nonfiction

Session Chair: 
Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Time: 
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Location: 
Salon II (ET)

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Maria C. Herrera Astua, University of California, Santa Cruz
    This project focuses on how the “address to the reader” and some footnotes blur nonfiction and creative writing in a historical novel by humorously grounding the narrative into reality. Still, these narrative interruptions are fictional because they blend events that could exist outside the text with those presented in it.
  2. Theresa Crater, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    This three-generational Southern Gothic started as memoir, but morphed into fiction. Mamie, Olivia, and Elizabeth struggle with being mixed-race and/or female in the South. Theresa Crater has published four novels, several short stories, and one lone poem, and teaches at MSU Denver. 
  3. Michael Kula, University of Washington, Tacoma
    We've seen those two words on a novel's dust jacket: Based On...; Inspired By...  But what do they really mean?  Where is the line between them?  Drawing from experience writing a fact-based historical novel, this paper will reflect on artistic dilemmas novelists face in balancing creative invention with historical factuality.
  4. Megan Spiegel, Western Washington University
    The author’s lyric essay “Memory Ephemeris: A Constellation,” began as nonfiction but stylistically blurs the lines between essay and poetry. Reliance on research and creative license to fill in gaps of memory and knowledge calls into question the delineation between nonfiction and fiction.
Session Cancelled: 
No