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Friday, April 29 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
4H: Blurred Boundaries: Blending Fiction & Non-Fiction FILLING

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As writers, we often feel pressured to label our work, filing it under fiction or non-fiction, journalistic, commercial, or literary -  but few readers have tastes that can be categorized by a single keyword. Life isn’t split up into mutually exclusive compartments, and it isn’t always possible, or even preferable, to write as if it were. Most of us live in a space where genres overlap, and it is only natural that our books follow suit. Increasingly, fiction is veering into realms that have traditionally been the province of non-fiction, and vice versa. Novels are being used to communicate concepts, becoming idea driven rather than plot driven, while non-fiction becomes less journalistic, and more personal and experiential. In this seminar, we will deconstruct the characteristics of conventional fiction and non-fiction and discuss various ways of combining these elements, so as to best fit our unique, individual style, or to serve the particular project at hand.

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Tasneem Zehra Husain

Tasneem Zehra Husain is a writer, educator and Pakistan’s first female string theorist. She has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, both in print and online, has contributed to anthologies of science writing for adults and children, and is a regular columnist for the award-winning blog 3quarksdaily.com. Tasneem teaches writing at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and has conducted science writing workshops... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Tremont Room