On Thursday 10/26, Ohio fiction authors Robin Yocum, Shelley Costa, and Casey Daniels gathered at Market Garden Brewery to discuss how they transform the real events of their lives into fiction. Each author read a passage of recent work - Yocum from A Brilliant Death, Costa from A Killer's Guide to Good Works, and Daniels from Smoke and Mirrors, set to be published in November - before taking questions from the audience.
Interestingly, each author replied differently to the question of how their life experience informs their fiction. Offering stories of the small Ohio town he grew up in, Yocum explained that he imbues a bit of himself into each of his protagonists. Costa similarly spoke of fiction as "the art we make of truth", a kind of creative memoir (she then joked that she hates memoirs). Daniels instead described fiction as a form of "time travel", explaining her personal life rarely makes it into her books. When asked why they enjoy writing about Ohio, each author alluded to the state's rich, gritty, and ethnically diverse history.
Like all Read Ohio events, Fictionalizing Truth was presented in partnership with Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library and supported by the Gund Foundation.
Last month, Literary Cleveland teamed up with Dana Norris of Story Club Cleveland for a workshop that focused on telling personal stories in compelling and entertaining ways. The month long workshop, which met Thursdays in September at Loganberry Books, allowed people to examine interesting, amusing, traumatic, harrowing, or in some other way defining moments of their lives, and craft stories out of those experiences.
The class was capped off with a staged reading of the pieces in front of a live audience. The performance, held at Forest City Brewery on Thursday, October 12, featured Theodore Pavlich, Polina Guth, Alana Meyers-Kio, Christina Morris, Mike Toro, Nick Cohen, Kristen Zajac, Laura Rocker, and Marchaé Grair telling their stories to an an audience who also enjoyed craft beers, food, and festive Halloween decorations.
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