The "Other" and the "unknown" discussion meetup

Writers are often thought of as professional liars, and perhaps not without some justification.

We create stories about  murders we’ve never committed, children we’ve never birthed, people we’ve never been – people of different gender/race/age/religion/orientation/etc. to ourselves –  and lifestyles we’ve never lived.  And we try to do this with the truth and authority of one who has seen and done it all.

But it isn’t always easy to write what we don’t know – to embody someone we're not.  It may require research, exploration, empathy, and any number of other techniques a writer might employ ... techniques that other writers in the group may find helpful.

The discussion kick-starter question is thus as follows:  

“What techniques do you use for writing convincingly about the “Other” and the “unknown”?

Other topics will also be discussed as they arise, in a relaxed, friendly environment.  

New members welcome! Look for the "Vancouver Writers' Social Group" sign on the table.

NOTE: If you end up on the waitlist, please don't just show up unless you are notified via the Meetup site of an opening and are added to the guest list.

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  • Norine

    Great conversation! Really enjoyed tonight!

    July 11

  • Karen

    thanks a lot!

    July 11

  • Perry W.

    great meeting tonight. Lively conversation!

    July 11

  • Sebastien de C.

    Alas, I'm travelling to Europe for most of July. Looking forward to seeing everyone on my return.

    July 6

    • Jonanne

      Safe travels, Sebastian, and see you sometime in August.

      July 10

  • Sunni Max D

    Sorry guys, can't join you this round as I'm attending a friend's wedding anniversary. Have fun and see you next time.

    July 6

    • Jonanne

      Have fun, Sunni, and we'll see you next time.

      July 10

  • Jonanne

    Hello writers! I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Just a reminder to update your attendance. Be fair to those on the waitlist; if you RSVPed YES but can no longer make it, please change your reply to NO. No-shows are not cool.

    To all of you on the waitlist: Unless you are notified via the Meetup site that a spot on the guest list has opened up for you, you will be unable to attend this meetup. Please do not just show up unless you receive a spot.

    July 10

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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