How to write about real people
April 10, 2012 6:40 PM Subscribe
In writing about my experiences as a hospice volunteer, I am wondering what is both my legal and ethical responsibility in protecting the identity of the patients and their families.
posted by nanook to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have covered all the basics, fictionalized names, ages, occupations, altered family sizes and genders. Changed geography and location details, as well as chronology of events whenever it does not affect the story. However, I will still be telling a distinct narrative of a patient's experience, their illness and its trajectory, family dynamics...specific situations and events.
Any input would be valued (additionally if you know of any writer’s forums that might be useful).