Historical Novel Writing Workshop with Ariella Van Lyun
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Many of us are fascinated by the past, our family or local history. This workshop is designed for writers of all levels who wish to creatively capture an aspect of your family history, a story of a place you live or feel connected to, or a historical event you are passionate about.
When we write creatively about the past, we understand how historical events may leave traces that still linger in the present. Explorations of the past through fiction allows us to reflect on the ways the past resonates into the future.
This workshop will include three online sessions spread over six weeks so you will have the opportunity to receive feedback from a practicing historical fiction writer and really sink your teeth into writing.
Ariella Van Luyn is the author of a novel and many short stories of historical fiction. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the university of New England.
This is a digital event and
will be held via Zoom.
When: 25th of July, 8th and 22nd of August, 10am-12pm
Where: the comfort of your own living room!
Cost: $70 for NEWC members
$85 for non-members
NEWC Historical Fiction Workshop Overview
Saturday 25 July, 10-12noon
Activity: Developing your writing goals.
Discussion: What is historical fiction?
Activity: Inspiration for writing: archival materials, photography, oral histories, family stories.
Activity: Defining the shape of your creative work.
Discussion: Techniques for bringing your historical inspiration to life: vivid imagery, characterisation, scene-building.
Activity: Introduction to Google docs.
Write and share: Using the techniques discussed, write and share one scene via Google docs.
Saturday 8 August, 10-12noon
Activity: Metacognition for writers: reflection on scene: What is working? What could be improved?
Discussion: Techniques for bringing your historical inspiration to life: narrative, balancing history and story, pace.
Activity: Developing a narrative arc for your creative work.
Discussion: What tools are missing from your writing toolkit? Identify what knowledge/skills will help you develop your writing.
Write and share: Finish drafting and share the narrative arc of your creative work via Google docs.
Saturday 22 August, 10-12noon
Activity: Metacognition for writers: reflection on narrative arc: What is working? How could it be improved?
Discussion: Developed in response to writers’ identified gaps in knowledge/skills.
Discussion: Keeping up the writing: techniques for a regular writing practice.
Activity: Develop a plan to finish your writing project.
Please note: this overview is subject to change in response to participants’ needs and goals.