Writing Historical Fiction

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Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner
31 March 2019 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Kelly Gardiner
How do we bring history to life through fiction? We’ll look at why we choose to set stories in the past and the challenges involved: how and what to research, how to investigate and interpret real people in history, and different approaches to voice and character.

Kelly will discuss the all-important questions of how to build a world that is based in reality and also imagined, and techniques for presenting the past in a way that appeals to modern readers.


You will learn:

•             Expectations of readers and writers of historical fiction

•             Practical approaches to voices and dialogue

•             Research tips, sources and tools

•             How to integrate research and imagination

•             Writing about real people from the past.


About Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner’s latest book is Brimstone. Her previous novel, ‘1917’, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize. Kelly’s other books include ‘Act of Faith’ and ‘The Sultan’s Eyes’, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and ‘Goddess’, based on the life of the seventeenth century French swordswoman, Mademoiselle de Maupin. Kelly teaches at La Trobe University and is the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.

Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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