In the hands of a creative nonfiction writer, speculation serves as a valuable tool, but its limited reach can leave parts of a story threadbare. While the thought of research might spike your blood pressure or dredge up images of thick books and dark libraries, smart detective work in the service of a writing project can fuel creativity.
With some strategic digging on people and subjects, you can uncover details that more fully develop a character, introduce new plot lines, enrich scenes with concrete detail, lead to a parallel narrative, or actually solve mysteries.
In this session, we will explore places for targeted searching and consider examples where this sort of research has made a difference on the page. We will also talk through some simple techniques for integrating found material with a story.