THE STRUCTURE OF HISTORICAL FICTION: HOW WE WRITE WHAT WE WRITE
Asking a reader to read a work of historical fiction is to invite that reader into a new world, one that is different from our own, but still was, and is, real. Unlike sci-fi and fantasy writers, though, we have the advantage of research and preserved sources. From letters and diaries to maps, music, and paintings, historical fiction authors can literally publish real-world artifacts in service of the story.
This workshop will use published samples to explore how the historical record can determine the structure of a given tale. At the end, you will have a few more tools in your plotting toolbox for your own work.
VANITHA SANKARAN holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and an MFA in Creative Writing and is both a researcher and storyteller at heart. From her childhood days on, she has been lucky to travel the world, gaining diverse perspectives that continue to fuel her imagination. In addition to her 20-year career in medical communications, she has written Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages (Harper Collins) and numerous short stories and essays that have appeared online, in print, and on NPR. She is a co-founding editor of the literary journal flashquake and has served as Conference Chair for the Historical Novel Society of North America for three terms. She is currently serving as the conference’s Program Chair and writes monthly feature articles for Pacifica Magazine and On the Coast Magazine. She also teaches workshops in non-Western story structure and scientific storytelling.
Visit her website: www.vanithasankaran.com