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Houston Panel Discussion: Tell It Slant: Writing True Stories in Fiction and Nonfiction

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Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

5/11/2018 From 7 pm to 8 pm


Tell It Slant: Writing True Stories in Fiction and Nonfiction

Join us for a panel at Brazos Bookstore in Houston.

It has been said that all fiction and poetry is autobiographical to a degree. But how can a writer borrow overtly from their past -- or someone else's? How does the writing process change when elements in a narrative are clearly torn from real life? To what degree can a writer obscure or change a story that is inspired by their own experiences?

And in the case of memoirs, personal essay, and first-person reportage, how do writers recount their past or other's pasts accurately? Where should the story begin, what is the right frame, and how much context and background should the writer provide? Join our panelists for a discussion on these topics and more.

Joshua Dewain Foster is an award-winning prose writer from rural Idaho. His work has been selected for the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prizes in Fiction and Nonfiction, a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from the Idaho Commission of the Arts, and a Notable Work mention in Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Fugue, South Loop Review, among other magazines and journals. Currently, Josh is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Houston’s Literature & Creative Writing program, where he is finishing an autobiographical novel about addiction, family, snowboarding, driving, and the contemporary American West.


Charlotte Gullick is the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College, and she holds a MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as Grand Prize Winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project. Her other awards include a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Hippocampus, and the LA Review.



Anna Meriano is the author of Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble. She grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English, and works as a writing teacher and tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, and playing full-contact quidditch.




Jennifer Mathieu is an award-winning novelist of four books about teenagers: Moxie, Afterward, Devoted, and The Truth About Alice, all from Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan. Moxie was recently named one of TIME magazine's Top YA Novels of 2017 and was optioned for film by Amy Poehler's production company. A former journalist, Jennifer still teaches full-time English at Bellaire High School. She lives in Westbury with her husband, son, and dog.