It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to speak at the Detroit event for Pen.org World Press Freedom event held at Pages bookstore this year (2019) in Detroit. [see pics]

It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to speak at the Detroit event for Pen.org World Press Freedom event held at Pages bookstore this year in Detroit.

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

Of course, as always I was very nervous but excited about speaking at the event because I was on a National Platform I really wanted to bring home the significance a fiction writer has to be on this type of platform.

I made speech notes and I forgot to record the speech, but I hope you can get a gist of the speech.

Speech Notes: 

What does a fiction writer have to say about freedom of the press and this year’s topic fake news and disinformation?

“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” ― Mark Twain

Because I write fiction I must stick with reality. Friends?

Examples:

  • Dreams of Reality
  • Secrets Lies and family ties
  • Beautiful

My heart and soul has been about showing the truth in a world and bringing more words to our community.

Freedom of the press helps me and all writers gives us the power to open minds and hearts. But in the words of Stan Lee with great power comes great responsibility.

I believe if we as writers Push literacy and our stories we can combat The threat of disinformation and give Write because you love it. Write bevause we have to. Write because we need to.

A child who struggles to read becomes an adult who struggles

The truth of the matter is with just a drop of ink we can give the power to find what is really out their and show them that we all have the pen.

 

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

© PEN America / Flores Photo Design

To see more photos, go to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/26167014@N05/sets/72157680434484968

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