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Dreaming the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

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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Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Cara Diaconoff

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 11/02/2019

No Class On: 11/30/2019

End Date: 12/14/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Cara Diaconoff

Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories (Lewis-Clark Press) and a novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You (Outpost19 e-books). She teaches writing and literature at Bellevue College.

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