ClassWriting the Historical Novel
Historical fiction is an opportunity not just to experience the world in another time but to immerse ourselves in the past in order to make sense of it. History books reveal facts; historical fiction uncovers meaning. Yet too many writers are daunted at the prospect of writing historical fiction, as it requires the skills of a novelist with the expertise of a historian.
In this class, which is appropriate for both new and experienced writers, students will learn how to work with history in conjunction with fiction to create a smooth, unified, and, most importantly, captivating story. They’ll discover that writing historical fiction is not only approachable but pleasurable.
Students will generate ideas, create a rough outline, and write the first chapter of their novels, as well as critique the work of their peers. Each student will create a research plan and develop a timeline for their novel. We’ll discuss the pitfalls of historical fiction and how to write with sensitivity about social issues in less enlightened times. We’ll read and discuss excerpts from a variety of novels, including works by Yaa Gyasi, Brit Bennett, Jordy Rosenberg, Therese Anne Fowler, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
About Loft Flex Classes
Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access.
Find out more here about Loft flex classes here: https://bit.ly/2EZdlH2
This class will use the wet.ink platform. Find out more here: https://wet.ink/demos