Instructor: Stephanie Storey
Date & Time: Saturday, July 14 | 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100
Registration Closes: July 9
Historical fiction is rife with opportunities for writers: fascinating stories, characters, customs, art, language, food, and more. But those same advantages can quickly become disadvantages. Research can bog down story, archaic language can stall character development, actual historical events can derail plot. In short, fact can get in the way of your fiction.
Led by Stephanie Storey—author of the Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo—this workshop will give students the skills to navigate the tricky waters of historical fiction. Participants will learn helpful research techniques—how to choose reliable sources, organize research, and track down obscure information—as well as methods for incorporating historical facts without devolving into a boring lecture and the specific quirks of publishing a historical novel.
The class will also discuss the central concerns of historical fiction, including how to make necessary cuts in the research to keep the story moving, how to deal with dialects and anachronisms, how to integrate fictional characters with real-life historical figures, and how much artistic license writers may take with history to tell a compelling story.
Stephanie Storey is the author of Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, art historical fiction about the real-life rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Oil and Marble is a Los Angeles Times bestseller, one of Hudson Booksellers best books of 2016, and was called “tremendously entertaining” by The New York Times. Storey has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and an MFA from Emerson College. She studied art in Italy and went on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe. She is also an award-winning national television producer whose credits include Arsenio Hall on CBS, Tavis Smiley on PBS, and The Writers’ Room on the Sundance Channel. When not writing novels or producing television, she and her husband, an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer, can usually be found traveling the world in search of their next stories.
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