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YWW Online: Telling the Truth by Lying: Fictionalizing Your Past

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

YWW Online: Telling the Truth by Lying: Fictionalizing Your Past

Applying the “What If?” question to our lives can be a trove of inspiration for fiction! Using the truth to inspire a novel is a long-standing practice, whether by utilizing real-life events to inspire themes or plots or by using actual experiences as smaller anecdotes and scenes in the narrative. We will reference popular fiction and nonfiction novels to parse out what devices work the best to make individual stories shine. Debby Dodds will also discuss how she made the choices for her novels and give advice and exercises to help writers mine their past for ideas.

How to join

Young Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to students in middle and high school. If you wish to attend, email us at yww@willamettewriters.org to ask for the Zoom link. We hope to see you there! And pass the information to a friend!

About the presenter

Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don’t Call, a BEST YA OF 2017 by Powell’s Books, featured in Random House’s Better with Books, an Amazon Top 100 in a YA category. She won first place in Portland’s Wizard World Fiction Contest. Debby has stories in twenty anthologies including the NY Times best-selling My Little Red Book (Twelve/ Hachette) She received a BFA from NYU in Drama/Acting and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. As an actress, she was featured in many stage productions on both coasts, independent films, television shows and bad horror films. She wrote and performed in stage shows at both Disneyland and Disney World.

Debby Dodds Portrait



October 2, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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