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Breathing Life into History: Historical Fiction



Lucy Treloar




Historical novels come in many forms, appealing to a huge range of markets across age groups. When we enjoy reading books, we don’t always notice what makes them work for us. What do we love about historical fiction, and how do we transport readers to other times and places in our own writing? Through reading samples, writing exercises and workshopping participants will develop skills and strategies to inhabit their historical worlds more fully, breathing life into their fiction and making it sing.
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You will learn:

• How to create a compelling sense of time and place

• How much research is enough/too much

• Strategies for developing and revealing character

• How to read compelling examples of historical fiction as a writer rather than a reader

• Practical exercises to evoke the lived texture of history on the page


About Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar is the author of the award-winning novels Salt Creek (2015) and Wolfe Island (2019). Her fiction and nonfiction has been published in Overland, Best Australian Stories, The Saturday Paper and Meanjin among others. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy is undertaking a PhD and working on her third novel. She lives in Melbourne with her family.


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Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: 0390947855
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Breathing Life into History: Historical Fiction

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