Lessons from Fiction

Posted on July 15, 2016 by PLT Staff

Recording of a lecture presented by Carlene Bauer at the Spring Institute for Lived Theology 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bauer, a writer from Brooklyn, New York, spoke to the authors of the forthcoming book, Can I Get a Witness? Stories of Radical Christians in the U.S., 1900-2014, about writing fiction. She drew correlations between great biography and fiction, showing how great writers illuminate their subject with details and story. Drawing from old resources, authors can create new stories and perspective when writing biography. A question and answer session followed the talk.

Excerpt: “You are after some sound you haven’t heard captured before, even if it’s just the sound of your voice telling a new version of an old story. And if you read enough about your subject, you can, much as a fiction writer, intricately begin to imagine the hopes and fears and dreams of someone who does not currently exist.”

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  • Date Recorded:June 1, 2016
  • Location Recorded:Charlottesville, VA
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