Presenters: Janet Fitch, Jessica Shattuck
Moderator: Terry Gamble
A great many challenges await the author who is writing a war novel—endless research, emotional hardship, and accountability, just to name a few. And then there looms the task of creating a work which steps out from the hundreds of other war novels published each year and makes itself known. These writers who find success in the genre know that they must craft stories which offer something different. Sometimes this comes with a fresh perspective. Other times, it requires the development of a character to align with historical events. And still other variations arise in how the story is told. It is interesting to know the risks and rewards of writing stories of war, and to gain some understanding of how writers become interested in these stories and how they even begin to tell them.