Panel: Truth in Creative Nonfiction

We write true stories, but there’s so much chatter these days about truth. Whose truth? Fallacies of memory. The ramifications of telling the facts. Our panelists will discuss issues surrounding what it means tell the truth.

We hand-picked panelists who have battled the notion of truth in their own work and/or who teach/speak/research in this area.

Of note: A few highly rated sessions from HippoCamp 2015 touched on this often volatile topic, so we’ve invited those speakers back to continue the conversations sparked in their individual presentations last year.

Audience members will have a chance to share their own stories and ask our panelists questions.


  • Sarah Einstein, author of Mot: A Memoir
  • Wendy Fontaine, writer and professor (and presenter of “Where Memory Fails, Writing Prevails: How Writers Use the Fallacies of Memory to Create Effective Memoir”)
  • Kaylie Jones, author of numerous books including the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me
  • Jesse Waters, multi-genre writer (and presenter of 2015 session “Family, Friends and Foes: Writing What You Know You Know”)

Moderator: Laurie Jean Cannady

All-Conference Panel
Location: Heritage Ballroom Salon C Date: August 14, 2016 Time: 9:45 am - 10:35 am sarah einstein Sarah Einstein wendy-fontaine Wendy Fontaine kaylie jones Kaylie Jones jesse-waters Jesse Waters laurie jean cannady Laurie Jean Cannady