Why Spying is Good for You:
Nonfiction Observation for Fiction Writers
Editor and former journalist Alana Garrigues takes you on a trip through the real world to inform your fantasy world. Find out why people-watching and eavesdropping actually improve your writing, and learn how to find creative inspiration in everyday moments. Since we learn best by doing and by sharing, this event will include time for plenty of questions, discourse, writing, and reflection. So bring that laptop or a pen and paper and get ready to hone your skills!
About the Facilitator
Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist and creative nonfiction author. Originally from the bookish mecca of Portland, Oregon, she now lives the sunshine life in Redondo Beach, California, where she writes for the local newspaper and raises identical twin girls with her husband.
She is currently writing a “humorous humanitarian” book about a California nurse who uprooted from her laid-back, beach town lifestyle to move to the bush of Benin, West Africa to found a non-profit. Other projects include rough drafts of several children’s stories scribbled into notebooks, awaiting rediscovery and revision. Never one to pigeonhole, Alana is equally in love with telling compelling true stories and inspiring kids to love reading and writing; she hopes to move her career forward with one foot solidly rooted in both camps: creative nonfiction and kid lit.
Alana is happiest when she sets foot on no fewer than two continents in a year, where she spends a great deal of time exploring and attempting to decode language and culture while away. She is a meticulous researcher, terrible housecleaner, incessant daydreamer, nature lover, and dabbler in all things art-related.
Alana is the Publications Director for CBW-LA and author of “writercize,” a blog brimming with writing prompts for writers, students and teachers. She can be found at www.alanagarrigues.com.