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Sunday, October 29 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Based on a True Story

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Join panelists for a discussion on the challenges of finding the best story within a true story. Writers will discuss various research methods, ways to emerge as an authority of your subject matter, and balancing truth, fact, and fiction while capturing the essence of real-life subject matter.

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John Spong

Moderator; Former Senior Editor at Texas Monthly
A staff writer at Texas Monthly from 2002-2017, Spong was nominated for a National Magazine Award for his December 2009 story celebrating Texas dance halls, “Step Right Up,” and twice won the Texas Institute of Letters’ O. Henry Award for Magazine Journalism—for “Holding... Read More →

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Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Taylor co-wrote Chappaquiddick with his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and also got him blacklisted from some presumably wonderful... Read More →
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Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel (formerly By Way of Helena), Triple Nine, and Patriot’s Day. Both By Way of Helena (2010) and Triple Nine (2012) made the top 10 of The Black List. Cook... Read More →
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Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. As a writer, Andrew was listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay he co-wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senator... Read More →

Sunday October 29, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
800 Congress