I've got lots of tools to use for
pursuing this project now-- thank you for the class!
Victoria, I wanted you to know that my
fantasy novelette "Suck of Clay, Whir of Wheel" that I began in your
class last fall has found a home. It will be in the twenty-third issue
of "Challenging Destiny" which is a magazine sold though Fictionwise.
Needless to say I am thrilled. Thank you for the part you played in my
first fiction publication,
Thank you for a wonderful class! I
learned a ton and am more comfortable with the research I need to do and
how to go about it. The exercises made me think about some of the
smaller details that I probably would have missed on my own. And thanks
for the validation and encouragement on my novel. This class was the
motivation I needed to break out of my procrastination streak and get
back to work on it!
Writing Historical Fiction
Facilitator: Victoria Grossack
Please note! The workshop is conducted in English but if you are working or would be more comfortable doing the assignments in German or French Victoria will be happy to work with you.
Ever wonder what it takes to write good historical fiction? In this course we’ll cover how to make the past come to life without losing the reader.
Includes at least one critique by facilitator of your five-page scene
Week 1: Yesterday’s Stories and Today’s Readers
Your story is placed in the past but you want to sell it to readers of today. Through historical fiction you can offer the reader escapism and a chance to learn something about the past. But as a writer you are also confronted with old-fashioned attitudes and unappealing characters. How do you strike a balance? How do you use these attitudes to make your writing more exciting?
Week 2: Setting Your Scenes with Research
Historical fiction needs to take the readers to a different time and place. What information do you need to do that? Also: tips on how to conduct research effectively and enjoyably.
Week 3: The Devil’s in the Details
Choice details put the readers in the story - too many details will smother them. This week will consider examples which work and fail, as well as some tricks to help your readers keep on track. We also look at the most elementary part of your writing: the words you choose.
Week 4: Bring Everything Together
How do you bring all of the above together to create your story? We'll look at joining character and setting through metaphor, and also analyze scenes from historical fiction.
Reading and Viewing:
About the Facilitator: "This well-written book, about an intelligent, observant and questioning woman to whom big events happen, is riveting." That's what the Associated Press says about Grossack & Underwood's book, Iokaste: The Novel of the Mother-Wife of Oedipus, which was published in English in 2004 and is due to appear in Greek in 2006. Victoria Grossack is also a regular columnist for Fiction Fix, has published articles and short stories for various magazines. She is creating a set of novels placed in Bronze Age Greece with her frequent collaborator, Alice Underwood. Visit www.tapestryofbronze.com, and read about Iokaste and other works in progress.
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Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course.
The Shelters of Stone
War and Remembrance