Historical Fiction Writing Essentials (with Olivia Kate Cerrone) - ONLINE
This one-day seminar is designed to give students a more comprehensive understanding of the essentials of historical fiction writing. Students will examine and discuss the essential characteristics of historical fiction, drawing from the work of Whitney Scharer, Colson Whitehead, E.L. Doctorow and Toni Morrison. During the second portion of the class, students will have the opportunity to workshop 4-5 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt font) of their historical fiction novel manuscript with a focus on developing key aspects of their book under the specific craft needs of the historical fiction genre form. All levels. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, April 30 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
OLIVIA KATE CERRONE's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and New South, among other publications. Her novella The Hunger Saint won an American Fiction Award and was praised by Kirkus Review as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” She won Crab Orchard Review's Jack Dyer Fiction Prize and various other honors, including fellowships from the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), the Ragdale Foundation, VCCA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she received a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts.
• Understand the essentials of historical fiction and how it differs from other forms, through reading and discussing texts
• Engage in practical class exercises designed to help students put to practice these essential aspects of the genre, such as applying historical research to creative writing
• Gain confidence, insight and a deeper understanding of the genre from both the seminar materials and a small group of fellow writers
• Receive thoughtful supportive and insightful feedback from the group and instructor on their own excerpts of a historical fiction manuscript
• Grow your skills as a fiction writer and editor of your own creative writing, understanding also what the practical next steps are for developing your historical fiction manuscript
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If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or any refund, unless in the case of a medical emergency, or if we are able to fill your spot. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class will automatically be refunded. Please contact Joy (email@example.com) for all matters concerning credit and refunds.