Writing Historical Fiction
Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, wondering how to write historical fiction, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.
A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world but, for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life.
Among the topics we will discuss are:
- Your motives for selecting a particular period. Passion is vital to success; did you choose your era, or did it choose you?
- Where can you find ideas for your plot?
- Is it a good idea to use real historical figures?
- Research is the key to authenticity, but it can also be a delaying tactic. How much research is too much?
- How do you strike a balance between story and history, so that you don’t swamp your novel with historical facts?
During the workshop, which will consist of discussions and brief written exercises, you will have the opportunity to discuss your own work. Diane hopes that by the end of the day, you will be fired up with enthusiasm to write your historical novel.
Paper and pen, or fully charged device.
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About the tutor
Diane Armstrong’s articles, non-fiction books and historical novels have won national and international awards. Her books have been on bestseller lists and have been translated into several languages. She has taught Creative Writing at East Sydney TAFE and at Long Bay Jail. Her most recent historical novel is The Collaborator, set in Budapest in 1944.