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Historical Fiction 101

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Houston, TX 77007

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INSTRUCTOR: Marian Szczepanski
TIME: Two Saturdays, December 1st, December 8th, 1-4 p.m.
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, November 26th: $85 for members, $100 for non-members; After Monday, November 26th: $100 for members, $115 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Learn how to create a historical narrative that is vivid, compelling, and credible in this two-part crash course on researching and writing historical fiction. Whenever and wherever your story happens—from pre-9/11 New York City to prehistoric central Europe—research will provide the foundation for your writing. On day one, we’ll discuss how and where to find information—some sources may surprise you—and how to transform what may seem like term paper drudgery into a thrilling scavenger hunt. In our second session, we’ll cover how to use just enough of those facts to enhance characterization, dialogue, and scene-setting while avoiding that cumbersome reader turn-off known as “info dump.” We’ll also explore famous works of historical fiction, such as Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House, as well as lesser-known gems such as Kathleen Cambor’s In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden and Andrea Barrett’s The Voyage of the Narwhal. Attending writers will receive an extensive bibliography and a handout documenting every topic we covered.




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