How to Write (or Not Write) Courtroom Scenes

How to Write (or Not Write) Courtroom Scenes

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A courtroom scene can serve as a powerful focus point of conflict and drama in stories of all genres. But in order to work well, a courtroom scene must seem authentic without getting bogged down in technicalities. This session will cover the basics of courtroom procedures and tactics that fiction writers should consider, including opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examination questions, and common objections. And for the experienced litigators, we will discuss when and how to pull back on your expertise, to avoid overwhelming readers with too much legalese.


Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, named a "Best Book of the Year" by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, Real Simple, Library Journal, The Today Show, Amazon, and Hudson Booksellers, and a Good Morning America Hot Summer Read. Kim is one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Storytellers to Watch,” and has written for Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A former trial lawyer, she now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. Learn more at

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