S166. Archives, Interviews, and Experts: Using Primary Sources in the Service of Stronger Storytelling

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Accomplished nonfiction writers of varied backgrounds explore the challenges of accumulating, interpreting, and incorporating primary source material into compelling narrative. Drawing from their own experiences researching colonial America to the modern day, the panelists will provide a roadmap (and highlight potential roadblocks) for writers who seek to enliven their own stories, fiction, or nonfiction, through historical texts, diaries, public documents, oral histories, interviews, and more.


Bret Schulte is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas and journalist who has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Columbia Journalism Review. He is at work on his first book, a history of Boys Town, Nebraska and its founder.

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize–winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers chronicling people in the shadows. She won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists, and has taught at conferences and colleges across the country.

Paul Reyes is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession. His essays and reporting have appeared in VQR, Harper's, The Oxford American, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Slate.

Beverly Lowry's tenth book is, Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case, the Yogurt Shop Murders. She teaches at University of Houston Victoria, and is the author of six books of fiction and four books of nonfiction including Crossed Over, a Murder a Memoir. Her novels include The Track of Real Desires.

Scott W. Berg is the author of Grand Avenues and 38 Nooses and is a regular contributor to The Washington Post. He teaches nonfiction writing and literature at George Mason University, where he also acts as the editorial advisor for Stillhouse Press.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside