Have you ever imagined how history could have turned out differently?
What would the world have looked like if the Nazis had won the Second World War, the South had won the American Civil War, or the US had lost the Cold War?
Alternate histories challenge and inspire us to think about what might have been instead of what actually was. The problem with writing alternate history is making it “believable”. Even in the realm of imagination, characters, plots, and events should follow real historical patterns.
Come join historian Hugh Gordon as he shows you how to weave history and imagination together. What would happen if Hitler never came to power, or if the Roman Empire lasted to the present day? Learn about writing alternate histories that are believable, exciting, and imaginative.
Assignment: Tell me what you know about alternate history. Why are you interested in it?
Assignment: Discuss a time period you think would work well for alternate history.
Assignment: Discuss a moment in history that might have gone differently, explain why and what might have happened instead.
Assignment: Pick a piece of alternate history fiction and explain why you like it/why it works or does not work
Assignment: Pick a moment in history and write a timeline (in point form or prose) of how history changes
Assignment: Outline an alternate history novel.
Hugh Gordon has a master’s degree and doctorate in Canadian Military History from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s degree in History and Classics from Queen’s University. For seven years, he was the History Instructor at Keyano College in Fort McMurray. He has taught courses in History, Classics, and Native Studies. In addition, he has prepared public lectures on the history of Cold War culture and espionage, obscure weapons, air and space travel, concepts of the future, and conspiracy theories. He has been writing fiction since he was in elementary school. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, espionage thrillers, and mysteries. He has been published in Northword Magazine.
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