Sherry is the author of the Alexa Williams suspense series, including Dead on the Delta
and Dead of Winter.
Passionate about books at an early age, she was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name. When not writing, Knowlton does consulting and travels around the world. She and her husband live in the mountains of Southcentral Pennsylvania.
Workshop Putting the Reality in Fiction: How to Make the Most of Research
In this presentation, I will talk about the importance of research in grounding your fiction in reality. “Write what you know” is one of those lines that are often taught to aspiring writers. This session will also focus on how to expand what authors know in ways that can expand the scope of their fiction. I will cover basic research techniques and methods such as:
internet and library research,
use of source documentation,
historical societies/other specialty sites that can provide information,
input from experts and how to approach for help, and
using hands-on experience for authenticity.
Attendees will learn the value of research to ground their fiction writing, be aware of effective sources and techniques (especially when reaching out to experts), understand that personal experience has its limitations, and gain a new enthusiasm for research when tackling an unfamiliar subject.