“I want to send history to the bright fires.” –William T. Vollmann.
Let’s face it. History is tricky, often illusory, filled with inaccuracies and inequities, set aflame by some, denied to so many others. Still, it’s a record of who we are and offers clues to where we’re going. So then how exactly do you write historical fiction? How do you dream up and then build a previous world? How do you fill that world with a story that may or may not have happened?
In this two-hour online seminar, Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) will guide a small group of writers through what it means to navigate and write historical fiction. We’ll discuss research practices (how much is enough?), worldbuilding, fact vs. fiction, realist vs. experimental approaches, and, yes, even a brief history of historical fiction in the Americas. There will also be an opportunity for questions.
Put on your PJs (or come as you are) and join us for a night of historical solidarity!