Memory is fallible. Information about past events can be lost. Eyewitnesses may no longer be available. What are creative nonfiction writers to do? And how can they fill in the missing information while staying within the parameters of truth-telling that defines the genre?
This session will explore the use of speculation — making an educated and accurate assumption based on the facts we know or can research — to deal with missing or unknown information in writing creative nonfiction. Examples from memoir and other forms of creative nonfiction that have used speculation will be examined.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a short exercise that allows them to try the technique to deal with an issue of missing or unknown information in their own writing.