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Dreaming the Past: Writing Historical Fiction [Cara Diaconoff]

Intermediate / Advanced | Writing historical fiction presents its own set of challenges. How much research is enough—or too much? How do we make the setting feel authentic? What do we owe the past? We’ll study excerpts from writers such as E.L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, and Hilary Mantel, as well as interesting lesser-knowns, and through exercises and workshop, we’ll help each other craft compelling pieces of historical fiction. Students will have the chance to workshop a novel chapter or standalone story.

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