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AWP Conference Panel

  • AWP Conference, Room 505 Convention Center Drive Los Angeles, CA, 90015 United States (map)

The Science of Story: Creative Nonfiction and Cognitive Science. (Sean Prentiss,  Jessica Hendry Nelson,  Nancer Ballard,  Dave Madden) New research in cognitive/neuroscience illuminates how and why creative nonfiction works. Panelists explore why our perception of time slows during crisis and how to replicate crisis on the page (showing) and why the best nonfiction engages the prefrontal cortex through introspection, reflection, and speculation (components of telling). This panel examines elements of creative nonfiction and offers suggestions on how we can use science to improve our writing and writing lives.