On the Subject of Truth: Telling True Stories in Fiction and Non-Fiction


How do writers decide how to use their truths? Can fiction create more space for emotional honesty than non-fiction? What happens when a writer who works in multiple genres gets celebrated for one genre over another? Why are audiences eager to believe anything in non-fiction but quick to question a story’s credibility in fiction? Join four authors as they consider the borders between objective fact, emotional truths, and what is considered “believable.”

Event Type: Panel
UBC Point Grey Campus, Geography Building, Room 214, 1984 West Mall, Vancouver
Date: Thursday, March 14, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019



Alicia Elliott is an award-winning Tuscarora writer. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, will be available from Doubleday in March 2019.


Kim Fu is an award-winning novelist, poet, and critic. Her most recent novel is The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore.


Elizabeth Renzetti is the author of Shrewed, a collection of essays, and the novel Based on a True Story. She is a columnist and feature writer with the Globe and Mail.


Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014). She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is writing a comic novel about a dysfunctional workplace called We Are Underlings and a collection of poetry about grief.


Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies.


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