Digging Up a Better Story: Going beyond Google to Research Your Novel

Facilitator: Karen Novak and Guest Artist Tina Neyer

  • Date: 08-17-2019
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Tuition: $35.00
  • Open to: All Genders 18+

How do facts and details add layers to your writing? Can knowing the weather on a given day, understanding why a culture celebrates a holiday, or gauging the growth of a city feed into the narrative of story?

Learn effective research methods in fiction and nonfiction, and how facts can add rich layers to your story. Through examples and application, participants will see how incorporating research into their writing practice boosts the confidence of the writer about their story and engages with the reader on a deeper level. The workshop will address:

  • Beyond GoogleTM: accurate online sources to research in historical, cultural, governmental and other areas of interest
  • Who and what helps at the public library
  • Maps: what they can tell you about a place
  • Documents and records: where to find them and why
  • Importance of genealogy
  • Visiting places of interest: how landscape and weather can add to your story
  • Cooking the food of the characters you write about
  • Religious customs and their meaning

Tina Neyer 
conducts writing workshops in the U.S. and Europe and coaches others in telling their stories. Her work has appeared in Saint Anthony Messenger, University of Cincinnati publications, Dayton (KY) Community News, and in blogs for clients, as well as her own blog. She recently won an award for historic preservation in Northern Kentucky for her involvement in the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum.

Location & Special Instructions

Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236