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March, 2023: Navigating the Tightrope between Historical Fact and Historical Fiction

$75.00

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.

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March 1st - 31st

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.

In this class you’ll learn to:

  • identify the amount of history needed for your story
  • research the big picture and the small details
  • identify the kinds of things to research and where to find them
  • create characters true to their time period
  • use your words to transport readers to a different era
  • mesh all the various elements of history into a finished work of fiction

Class outline:

Session 1: The Spectrum of Historical Fiction

  • Define historical fiction
  • Consider the spectrum of historical fiction
  • Identify your WIP along that spectrum

Session 2: Research: Overview the Time Period

  • Big picture research
  • Locational research
  • History that informs plot
  • Timelines

Session 3: Research: Daily Life Realities

  • What to research
  • When to research
  • Where to research

Session 4: Research: Customs and Culture

  • What to research
  • When to research
  • Where to research

Session 5: Characters: Real and Imagined

  • Using historical figures
  • Creating historical characters
  • Avoiding anachronistic characters

Session 6: Words: Vocabulary

  • Create a historical “feeling” through words
  • Etymology
  • Formality
  • Word Order
  • Expressions
  • Tone and Rhythm

Session 7: Words: Dialogue

  • Dialect
  • Other languages
  • Slang
  • Education and Class

Session 8: Putting it Together

  • Identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Focus when drafting
  • Focus when revising
  • The overall “feel”

Teacher

D'Ann Mateer

D'Ann 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 first under the name Anne Mateer which are now re-releasing under her given name, D’Ann Mateer. She is currently writing for the upcoming Guideposts’ series Secrets From Grandma’s Attic.

D’Ann 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. D'Ann and her husband, Jeff, enjoy reading, exploring historical sites and historical homes, and spending time with  their grown children—and now grandchildren! D'Ann and Jeff live in the Dallas area.

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Anne Mateer

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