From Murder to Manuscript

In this workshop, we’ll explore how a novelist can pick through copious amounts of research and trial transcripts to create a character that bends known history but still adheres to historical authenticity. While studying the famous Lizzie Borden double-murder case in 1892 Massachusetts, presenter Erika Mailman discovered ways to recast facts to support a fictional scaffolding, and will share tricks for how to adapt a real-life true crime into a manuscript.

Presenter: Erika Mailman/Lynn Carthage