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Getting Started with Historical Fiction

Are you eager to craft compelling narratives that immerse readers in other times, but unsure where to begin? In this master class, we’ll address some crucial topics for historical fiction writers: material vs. emotional accuracy in world-building; the temptations and pitfalls of “reading backward”; shaping an accessible voice; cultural appropriation and research as a way of knowing; and methods for conducting research. This class will include writing exercises designed to help you brainstorm ideas and strategies for your own historical fiction project.
Instructor: Katharine Beutner is the author of Killingly (coming June 2023) and Alcestis, winner of the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in Tinfish, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Toast, Humanities, and other publications. Currently an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster, she lives in Cleveland, OH.


Details: Getting Started with Historical Fiction takes place Thursday July 6 from 7-9pm online remotely via Zoom.

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Fiction

Level: All levels

Format: Craft talk 

Location: This class takes place online remotely via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 25 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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