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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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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 PDT

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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