Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction
Saturday 22 September 2018, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
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Spanning the dawn of human history to recent memory, historical fiction is a rich and popular genre, encompassing human experience across vast geographies, cultures and eras. And history is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions. Or can you?
This writing workshop will explore how to write dramatic and powerful historical fiction. Through hands-on exercises you will learn to bring the past to life and your ideas into written form. Jesse will outline the main methods for researching historical fiction. You’ll explore drawing on history as a rich source of stories; the perils and rewards of using real characters, events and settings; how ‘truth’ and fiction can mingle and enrich each other, and how language can be used to create a sense of time and place.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Participants will improve their writing styles through repeatable exercises.
- Participants will understand how to analyse the use of language in historical fiction.
- Participants will have the skills to research historical fiction.
Pen and paper.
Students with a work in progress may bring a one paragraph summary.
About the tutor
Dr Jesse Blackadder is fascinated by adventurous women in history and forgotten and hidden stories. She has written nine novels for adults and children, including two major works of historical fiction. Her novels use history as their leaping-off point, entwining fact and fiction into compelling stories. She is the winner of the 2011 Antarctic Arts […]