Author to discuss turning real life into fiction at Ponte Vedra Writers meeting Jan. 13


Many people these days are busy writing their memoirs, and author Darlyn Finch Kuhn believes those life experiences provide the perfect backdrop for compelling fiction.

She will be discussing the process at the next meeting of the Ponte Vedra Writers on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.

The title of her talk, “Change the Names and Make Stuff Up,” describes how easy it can be.

“You never know how great your life stories can be until you free yourself to exaggerate,” Kuhn said.

In Kuhn’s presentation, participants will learn how to:

■ Free themselves from worrying about what people will think about what they write.

■ Convert friends and family into characters even they won’t recognize.

■ Ramp up the drama to turn real life into compelling, selling fiction.

Kuhn is a poet, short-story writer and novelist who edits the Scribbles literary e-newsletter and produces book trailer videos. Her debut novel, “Sewing Holes,” won first place in the published novella category of the Florida Writers Association’s 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards.

The Ponte Vedra Writers chapter is one of more than 50 writers’ groups affiliated with the Florida Writers Association, a nonprofit membership organization with nearly 1,500 members. Visit for more information about the organization.

The meeting is free and open to the public.