diymfa herb freed ep 144

DIY MFA Radio Episode 144: Interview with Herb Freed — Telling a True Story

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In this week’s podcast, Gabriela interviews movie director and author Herb Freed about his book, Bashert. They discuss the process of writing a novel based on real-life events, and why he chose to write this book as a novel rather than a memoir. They talk about how to use fiction to tell true stories and the difference between facts and the truth-with-a-capital-T. Listen in, also, to hear tidbits of how Herb’s background in filmmaking influenced his writing this book.

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