VIRTUAL BRANCH MEETING
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April 11, 2020 – 12:30 am to 3:00 pm
Using Real People in your Writing
Without Ending Up in Court
Real people populate our pages. Whether we base a character on an over-bearing mother-in-law or name names in a political exposé, writers do and must use real people in their work. The good news is libel and invasion of privacy suits are rare, particularly involving fictional works. But a lot of myths still scare writers. Helen will dispel some of these myths, so you know when to tread carefully and when to go for it.
- When may you name names, and when should you change them?
- How far is too far, legally speaking?
- When truth is not a defense.
- How to use photos and letters created by others.
Author and attorney, Helen Sedwick has represented small businesses and entrepreneurs for 30+ years. Publisher’s Weekly lists her Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook as one of the top five resource books for independent authors. Helen is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Alliance of Independent Authors and a Contributing Writer for TheBookDesigner.com. Helen’s blog coaches writers on everything from saving on taxes to avoiding scams.
Helen’s historical novel Coyote Winds has earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and is an IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree. For more information about Helen, check out her website at http://helensedwick.com.
Because this is our first attempt to hold a meeting online, the board voted to restrict this meeting to members only, with the exception of guests who registered for our canceled March meeting.
Members will receive registration information for the April meeting via #NewsFlash from our president, Linda Hartmann. After you register, you’ll receive an email with the link to join our meeting on Zoom.
If you want to practice joining a Zoom meeting, we are holding two Practice Session for our members. This information is also in the #Newsflash.
Questions? Email Marlene Dotterer at email@example.com.