Writing Historical Fiction

A portrait of Kelly Gardiner
21 March 2020 - 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. We’ll 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.

This workshop will be Auslan interpreted

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 series is The Firewatcher Chronicles. 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. She teaches at La Trobe University and is the host of the Historical Novel Society’s Imagining the Past podcast.

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Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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