Writing what you know is a good start, but what about what you don't know? We'll talk about how to enjoy the research rabbit hole without getting overwhelmed and how to use that research to write fiction with authority. This will include generating research questions, finding the best resources, staying organized, and figuring out what to do with the wealth of information you've gathered, bearing in mind different expectations across genres.
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Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, which The Seattle Times calls "a deeply personal story against the surreal backdrop of [Argentina’s Dirty War]” and Shelf Awareness calls "a striking debut from a writer to watch." Her essays and short stories appear in Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lilith Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award as wells grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Made at Hugo House, and Jack Straw Cultural Center. Originally from Brooklyn, she currently lives in Seattle where she teaches creative writing at Hugo House and online in the MA program in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Find her at ancawrites.com.