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Thursday, June 18 • 12:15pm - 12:30pm
LET YOUR PIRATES DO THE PLOTTING: How to Use the History of Piracy in Your Next WIP. (Maxwell's)

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In history, piracy (the high seas kind, not the online kind) was always a symptom of some larger problem that went unaddressed. Piracy happened, and is still happening, not because people intrinsically want to take to the seas to rob others, but because of bigger overarching structural and social conditions. In this talk, I will share some original research about a pirate’s crucifixion on the eve of the American Revolution, to demonstrate how asking questions of any pirate’s story will illuminate the conditions, persons, and contexts which allowed their bloody trade to flourish. Then I will explain how fiction writers can recreate what we’ve learned in this research process for the pirate characters in their stories.
Pirates are just as interesting in history as they are in fiction. Writers who understand the relationship between piracy and the overarching contexts in which it manifests will be better equipped for the world-building necessary to write a convincing three-dimensional pirate story. They will be able to begin with one pirate, and expand to a full cast of other characters and their overarching scandals which allow their fictional pirates to exist. This kind of know-how can help drive forward the plot of any story.

Thursday June 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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