Description of Class
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Whether you’re writing a Victorian romance, a Civil War drama, or a novel set in the 60’s, capturing the time and culture of a place makes the difference between keeping readers interested or distancing them from the story.
When it’s done right, historical fiction immerses readers in a world that’s believable and engaging, detailing elements like speech, fashion, social issues, and more. This single-session class will explore some of the key challenges to writing historical fiction, including:
- How can we create an authentic tone?
- How do we give enough detail without sounding like a textbook?
- How much historical research is “enough”?
Participants will critique several published examples, try their hand at writing brief scenes, and consider strategies for avoiding common pitfalls.
Whether you’ve finished a completed draft or are looking to get started, this session will help you feel more comfortable with capturing the history of your story– long ago or modern– placing readers into a fully-realized world.