How to Use Your Personal Life in Your Fiction Without Ruining Your Relationships
From the roman à clef to so-called “autobiographical fiction,” authors are often tempted to use their own autobiographies in their work. As Anne Lamott writes, “If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” That said, what are the possible pitfalls, legal concerns, and the inevitable joys of pursuing your artistic truth despite friends, family and facts? Author Daedalus Howell leads fiction writers through a candid exploration of where their work and lives intersect and how best to tell their stories and not have to split town.
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Noon-1 PM in the WORK Library. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.
Bio: Daedalus Howell creates narratives in books, films, advertising, and conceptual art. His byline presently appears in Men’s Health, Rivertown Report and the North Bay Bohemian. It has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sonoma Magazine, Los Angeles Downtown News, Petaluma Argus-Courier, Pacific Sun and Made Local. You’ve heard him on KRCB, KSVY and on The Drive on KSRO. He also hacked in Hollywood before washing up as an award-winning wine writer in Sonoma. He recently aged out of Oakland and moved back to Petaluma where he writes funny, semi-autobiographical novels that draw on my experience as a small town reporter. His latest novel, Quantum Deadline (FMRL, 2015) is available everywhere quality literature is sold. The North Bay Bohemian says it’s a “…noirish, sci-fi-lite detective story with a heap of self-parody that’s by turns poignant, witty and comic.”