Session and Speaker Preview: James Stafford, Lying to Tell the Truth

james staffordWe did a few other speaker Q&As so far, and James Stafford’s name came up quite a few times in other presenters’ answers, specifically to the the question about what is on their personal conference agenda. Basically, people are exciting to learn about truth from Mr. Stafford. It’s his turn, now, to answer questions, rather than just BE an answer.

Hippocampus: We don’t want to give too much away about your session, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

James: How we frame our stories creates a contract with our readers. What our readers are willing to accept (a 100% accurate historical account, a Mark Twain-style tall tale, etc.) is within our control.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why. 

Memoirists struggling with concerns regarding chronology, details, composite characters, etc.

What is your best advice for attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Come with an open mind, relax and enjoy.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the inaugural HippoCamp?

See #3!

Thanks, James! We’re excited to welcome you to Lancaster in a few months.