When writing historical fiction, the research aspect can be overwhelming. Do you dread it— find it dry and boring— or do you love it--but get caught up in the unique “finds” and neglect the more obvious points? Most likely it is a combination of both.
I see historical research as both science (systemized knowledge) and art (aesthetic and subjective creation). A combing of systemized knowledge for facts related to your story as well as seeking and incorporating the interesting and unusual to color your story. But the task is often daunting. We need to find, organize and use our research.
In this class we will explore resources—both traditional and unusual—for historical research as well as consider how to use historical fact for more than just description of our characters or their world. We will focus on categories of resources that will yield benefits for all time periods and give assignments to help you begin to find the information you need. We will also discuss ways to organize your research so that you can actually use it!
Whether you are at the beginning of your research or trying to flesh out a manuscript already written, your story can benefit from a closer look at both the art and science of historical research.
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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This course is a "must-do" for anyone writing historical fiction. I am a new writer and found the course to be a gold-mine of guidance. Ms. Mateer's feedback to the assignments was extensive and well thought out. She was quick to respond and truly cares about her students. Highly recommend this course!
A must-have if you're writing historical novels! Actually, this is a winner for all genres because what genre DOESN'T require at least some research at some point? D'Ann Mateer has you covered. Insightful lectures and eye-opening assignments await. D'Ann is quick to respond to any and all questions.
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