There are so many questions when you begin (or get in the middle of!) writing historical fiction. What should I research? When should I research? How much research should I put in the book? Why don’t my characters feel historical? Why does my prose seem to clash with my story?
Writing good historical fiction means navigating the tightrope between historical fact and your fictional story. And there are so many places where it is easy to step off that tightrope and into the abyss of mediocre historical fiction. In this class, we will consider and practice several elements of historical fiction as well as learn by example from authors who have navigated the balance in their work.
If you desire to write historical fiction or are wanting to up your game in creating historical fiction that immerses your reader in another era, this class is for you.
Anne Mateer has loved the marriage of history and fiction since she first began reading. Armed with a B.A. in history from Southern Methodist University, she has authored four traditionally published historical novels, including one Carol Award finalist. This past September, she published her first indie historical novella, No Small Storm, with another scheduled to release late spring. Anne is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers’ League of Texas, and Historical Novel Society. She enjoys helping other writers through freelance editing, judging writing contests, and teaching online classes. Anne and her husband, Jeff, enjoy reading, exploring historical sites and historical homes, and visiting their grown children—and granddaughter!—in Texas and Massachusetts. Anne and Jeff are currently living their empty nest adventure in a high rise condo in Austin, Texas.
I took Navigating the Tightrope when I decided to switch over from contemporary romance to historical fiction. I'd written three novels, with no offers, and thought I'd try the genre I love most. But writing historical fiction intimidated me; I didn't know where to start.
This class helped me learn how to use the setting and historical details to make my stories come alive. It offered me the confidence to write a book set in 19th century India. And because of it, that book was contracted by my top-choice publisher (along with an additional two books.) I'm so grateful to Anne and this class. She's a fantastic teacher and mentor.
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