The Presence of the Past: Writing Historical Fiction (virtual) with Michelle Butler Hallett

In this workshop, participants will explore various aspects of writing historical fiction through presentation and discussion of ideas and practical writing exercises. Week 1 focuses on conflict on both macro and micro levels. Week 2 examines the possibilities of considering character and plot as a Janus-head (or two sides of the same coin) and explores how each can drive the other, especially in historical fiction. Week 3 dives into setting and sense, while week 4 returns to plot by exploring the connections and differences between plot and story. Expect a lively and vigorous experience! Participants are welcome to work on an existing project throughout the workshop or to accept an assigned historical moment (with a brief summary provided).

About the instructor: Michelle Butler Hallett (she/her) is a history nerd and disabled person who writes fiction about evil, violence, love, and grace. Her most recent novels are Constant Nobody and This Marlowe (long-listed for the ReLit and Dublin International Awards). Butler Hallett lives in St John’s.

Recommended experience level: Emerging and established writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Tuesdays, Jan 18 + Jan 25 + Feb 1 + Feb 8, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Price: At this time, registration for this workshop is restricted to current WFNS members. However, membership is open to all who write or have an interest in writing. (Find out how to join or renew.)

Member Price: $149

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