This writing workshop is suitable for ages 16+.
When writing historical fiction, researching the relevant period can be absorbing, but it can also threaten to overwhelm the project. We dig the diamonds and rocks from the dirt, but how much should we use? (And glitter isn’t always your best friend.) We need to maintain control and flexibility, accuracy and storytelling. But how? And what about the needs of the story?
This two-hour workshop will explore ways of using the results of research most effectively and creatively in writing historical fiction. Through discussion, participants will be given:
- Sorting the Plunder: Tools for organising their research;
- How Like Us and Unlike Us: Ways of discerning and portraying historical mindset;
- Smoke and Mirrors: Ways of avoiding exposition and using the ‘telling detail’; and
- That’s Right — It’s a Story!: Ways of negotiating the accuracy / storytelling dilemma.
Above all, participants will be encouraged to recognise the value of character and narrative. Some examples of effective historical fiction will be used to demonstrate how writers can create energy and liveliness while writing within an historical period.
The workshop will focus on historical fiction, but many of the issues explored may be relevant to writers of creative nonfiction as well.
This is the third in a series of monthly writing workshops run in partnership with the ACT Writers Centre. All workshops in this series are suitable for new and emerging writers.
About Robyn Cadwallader
- Bookings are essential for this program as places are limited. We are unable to accommodate participants who have not made a booking.
- Please contact the library if you wish to amend or cancel your booking. This will enable others to participate in the program.
- Please arrive 10 mins early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.