Author and former scientist Dan Linehan will talk about transforming experiences into compelling fiction at a meeting of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Dan Linehan uses video, photography, and other images in his work. He has written two illustrated nonfiction books that cover historical and technological aspects of aerospace and space tourism, “SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History,” and “Burt Rutan’s Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations.”

In 2006, Linehan journeyed to Antarctica to study and write about environmental and wildlife issues. After striking icebergs, encountering shipwrecks, discovering pirate activity, and surviving a deadly storm, he realized that a work of fiction would be the best way to engage readers. This led to the publication of his multimedia serial novel “The Princess of the Bottom of the World” along with an online, non-fiction Multimedia Traveling Companion. Dan will discuss its development and implementation in his presentation, “Using Fiction and Multimedia to Drive Unconventional Storytelling.”

Linehan's presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd., Pleasanton. The talk is open to the public. Registration is required by Feb. 12. Send email to The cost, to be paid at the door, is $14 for CWC members, $18 for nonmembers; $6 for student members, $10 for student nonmembers.