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Historical Fiction: The Devil is in the DetailsWhether writing about religious rites in ancient Rome, witchcraft in 19th century New England or burial practices in Minnesota, readers will connect with the era if unfolding events fit logically within the chosen timeframe, and relate to the characters' daily lives in a plausible way. Discussions, examples and exercises will demonstrate how characters are influenced by where and when they lived. Discover how plot twists are caused by actual historical events including war, plague, famine and other disasters. Good historical fiction relies on the embellishment of these facts to create compelling and believable tales. Historical details don't draw attention, but become a seamless part of the characters world. Bring a bag lunch.Starting Soon
Once Upon A TimeBetween once upon a time and happily ever after there lies a picture book. How hard can it be to write a tale for children in less than 1,000 words? All that is required is an irresistible character, snappy dialogue and a fantastical setting all stirred up in a bubbling plot! Stretch your imagination using a combination of visual aids, writing samples, discussion and encouraging critique. You will be on your way to writing a memorable picture book. Bring a bag lunch.
Short Story SizzleDig into the fundamental elements of story structure. Think of this as a string of beads complete with irresistible characters, a distinctive setting and realistic dialogue all held together in a coherent manner by a strong plot thread.