I'm excited to be teaching a seminar at GrubStreet in downtown Boston: Fact into Fiction: Writing Historical Narratives. The seminar is on Friday, September 29th (note new date!) from 10:30-1:30, and you can learn more or sign up by visiting GrubStreet's website. Join me! It's going to be a great class.
Here's the description:
Historical novels based on real people or real events abound, but incorporating historical events and figures into a narrative can be complicated and confusing. Writers wonder: how much research do I have to do? How can I successfully write about a place and time that feels utterly different from my own life? What are the rules for fictionalizing the life of a real person? The truth is that there’s no one right way to write fiction about the past, but there are tools and guidelines you can use to be comfortable with your choices. In this seminar, we’ll take a look at some examples of successful literary historical fiction, discuss research techniques, and spend some time working on scenes from our own projects. You’ll leave the seminar able to articulate your own philosophy about what you’ve chose to research and what you’ve chosen to invent, and with some new tricks for making history come alive.