3:00 PM to 3:25 PM
Writing About What You Don’t Know: Research in Fiction
As writers, we are often told to “write what you know.” But in the case of her novels, Michel Stone has written about topics with which she was initially fairly unfamiliar — for example: an undocumented Mexican family crossing into the U.S. Stone will explain how her novels came to be and will share her adventures in researching unfamiliar territory, with a Q&A session to follow.
About Michel Stone
Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Doubleday) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) are often compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books are being adapted into a television series. The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Reminiscent of Steinbeck — Stone shows us the inner lives of characters who are the victims of an unjust world, spun and redirected by fates beyond their control.” Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. A popular speaker at colleges and high schools, Stone is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She is at work on her third novel.