Skillful research can improve both fiction and nonfiction writing by making the works more authentic and, in the case of fiction, increase verisimilitude.
Learn research techniques, strategies to locating material, and note-taking and file-keeping systems, particularly electronic files and images. Participants in the workshop are encouraged to submit research questions of problems ahead of time if they don’t object to sharing with the group. Bringing a laptop is also encouraged.
LEARN: to use online collections of historical newspapers, magazines, and books; locating and using archival materials from personal papers to menu collections; navigating past barriers to gain access to expensive academic journals and electronic records; tapping into census and other genealogical records such as ship manifests; ad; using musical and photographic archives both on-line and in person.
James McGrath Morris is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author. He is the author of Tony Hillerman: A Life, a finalist for the Edgar and the Oklahoma Book Award. His preview works include The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War; Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press; and Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. Morris has worked in publishing and book distribution for over a decade and has written extensively on the topic.