In the dynamic landscape of storytelling, the lines between fiction and nonfiction have become increasingly blurred, inviting exploration and pushing the boundaries of traditional categorizations. This blending of genres allows for a richer tapestry of narratives, where the emotional truths of nonfiction coalesce with the imaginative expanses of fiction. As writers explore personal experiences, they often infuse their stories with elements of creativity and interpretation, revealing the subjective nature of reality. Conversely, fictional narratives incorporate real-world nuances and complexities, creating a synthesis that challenges conventional distinctions. In this interplay, the storytelling realm becomes a versatile canvas where authenticity meets invention, offering audiences a diverse spectrum of narratives that resonate with the intricate facets of the human experience.
We invite scholars, writers (novelists, poets, biographers, screenwriters, etc.), and literature enthusiasts to participate in our upcoming conference, “Fiction vs. Non-Fiction: Blurring the Boundaries.” This online transdisciplinary event will explore the dynamic and evolving relationship between fiction and non-fiction in the world of literature. As the lines between these categories continue to blur, we seek to unravel the nuances, challenges, and innovations in this literary landscape.
We welcome both creative and/or academic 15 minute presentations and responses that engage with, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Narrative Truth: How do authors navigate the fine line between crafting compelling narratives in fiction and conveying factual information in non-fiction?
- Creative Non-Fiction: What are the innovative approaches in non-fiction that incorporate storytelling techniques to engage readers emotionally and intellectually?
- Metafiction and Autobiographical Fiction: Explore the use of metafiction and autobiographical elements in both fiction and non-fiction and their impact on reader perception.
- Ethics of Blurring Boundaries: Examine the ethical considerations and responsibilities of authors who incorporate elements of fiction into non-fiction works and vice versa.
- Reader’s Experience: How do blurred boundaries affect the way readers engage with and interpret literary works? What are the implications for reader reception?
- Historical Fiction and Creative Historical Non-Fiction: Discuss the challenges and opportunities in crafting narratives based on historical events and figures in both fiction and non-fiction.
- Cross-Genre Exploration: Analyse the growing trend of hybrid genres that merge elements of fiction and non-fiction, such as historical novels, docufiction, and speculative non-fiction.
- Digital Storytelling: Explore how digital media and technology have contributed to the fusion of fiction and non-fiction, creating new narrative possibilities.
- Creative readings: writers are welcome to share readings and some of their published or unpublished works, as well as their writing process with the audience.
- Writing Therapy: how do certain forms of fiction or nonfiction writing practices help in articulating and understanding the self.
- Psychological points of view: anything to do with the creative psyche, archetypal works, or the neural pathways in writing, reading, or engaging with fiction/nonfiction.
Please fill out the proposal on the form (by December 31st, 2023) on this link: https://forms.gle/n8qZ91Y8JxJAW9s8A
For inquiries or further information, please contact us on [email protected] (kindly allow at least 2-3 days response time)
We look forward to your participation!