AWP2015: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but Your Speculations: The Use of Speculation and Other Imaginative Techniques in Creative Nonfiction

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 5.17.02 PMPanelists: Sean Prentiss (moderator), Nancer Ballard, Robin Hemley, and, in spirit, Judith Kitchen

 I’ll just say this to start with: the absence of Judith Kitchen gave this panel a palpable sense of loss. At the same time, she was overwhelmingly present in both spirit and influence, giving the event a rich sense of joy and celebration, as well.

The main question of the panel can be summed up as follows: What role can speculation play in a genre that purports to tell the truth? And the answers to this question, as you might expect, were many and various.

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