Workshop: Nina Siegal (US/NL)- Grounding Reality in Fiction

(In-person Event)

DATE: 10th Sept, 2022
TIME: 14:00 – 16:00 (Amsterdam)
LOCATION: A LAB, Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS, Amsterdam
FEE: €25

Grounding Fiction in Reality: Research in Unexpected Places

About this workshop

Google Street View, archives and dialogue from stage plays. New York Times journalist and four time published author, Nina Siegal is a pro when it comes to drawing on non-literary resources for both inspiration and research. If you’re looking to ground your characters, dialogue and setting in a specific time and place, then this workshop is for you.

Expect generative exercises designed to help you understand how to blur between fiction and reality (how does one write believable 17th century Dutch dialogue in English?) as well as practical tips on how to unearth historical detail (what did Time Square sound like in the 1900s?) that can turn your loose plot into a masterpiece. 

About Nina Siegal

Nina Siegal is an author and journalist from New York who now lives in Amsterdam. She has published three novels, You’ll Thank Me For This (Mulholland, Little, Brown, 2021), The Anatomy Lesson (Nan A. Talese/Knopf Doubleday, 2014) and A Little Trouble with the Facts (HarperCollins, 2008) and is currently working on a nonfiction book, The Diary Keepers, forthcoming in 2023 (ECCO/HarperCollins). She is a 2021 recipient of the Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant, and a Humanity in Action Fellow. Nina is completing her doctorate at the University of Amsterdam in the research school for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her BA in English Literature from Cornell University. A regular freelance contributor to The New York Times, she covers art and culture, history and society. 

Register for this event by joining our Meetup group and RSVP-ing for Nina’s workshop (click button below). Or alternatively, email: team@wearestrangebirds.com and we’ll put your name down if places are available.