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Research—A Practical Guide for Fiction and Nonfiction Writer

  • 25 Sep 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom



Has this ever happened to you?

You've started to write a novel or narrative nonfiction book and then discovered that you don’t know enough about your subject, setting, or characters to allow you to write compelling and realistic scenes?

Research is almost always required.

Writing about unfamiliar subjects or historical events will likely require extensive research if you want your story to feel realistic and authentic to the time and place. Some writers find such research daunting. In this presentation we’ll explore practical techniques, learned through experience, that will facilitate your research no matter what you want to write.  


James A. Stewart was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up in a nearby small town called Zachary. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a BS in Industrial Technology, he spent twenty-five years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, including a tour as commanding officer of USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD-39). He also holds a BA in English from National University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the UC Riverside Palm Desert Low-Residency program. He lives with his family in San Diego, CA. Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage is his first book. 

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