Writers face three big risks when using real people in their writing: DEFAMATION, INVASION OF PRIVACY, AND MISAPPROPRIATION OF THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY. Yet every fiction writer bases characters on real people. Memoirists and nonfiction writers identify people by name. How can writers use real people in their work without risking a lawsuit? Attorney and writer, Helen Sedwick, will give tips on how to avoid these legal landmines.
HELEN SEDWICK is the AUTHOR OF SELF-PUBLISHER'S LEGAL HANDBOOK AND COYOTE WINDS