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Writing the Past: Transforming History into Fiction, taught by Pam Novotny at DU

Posted on January 12, 2014 | in Member News, Writing Tips | by

Year of WondersHistorical fiction is one of the most popular book genres today. Authors like Philippa Gregory and Ken Follett immerse us in the personal struggles of vibrant characters who live in rich, historically accurate settings. How is it possible to balance such gripping storytelling with the fact-finding mission of research? Join author and popular Enrichment instructor Pam Novotny as she shows you the way. First, cover the basics of good fiction writing, a fundamental necessity for any novel. Then, learn how to be a good journalist of the past. Novotny shares sources to mine when researching your historical novel. Learn how to seamlessly weave your research into your story rather than doing an “information dump.” How much can you modify the truth and retain your credibility as an author? Read and discuss international bestseller Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks, teasing out the tricks the author employed to create that acclaimed novel. Then, learn more about the process from Brooks herself when you attend her Denver Post Pen & Podium Series lecture. Come away with an understanding of how to tackle that historical fiction novel you’ve been dying to write!

Five sessions
Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm,
Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 2014
Brooks P&P lecture, 7:30 pm, Mar. 10
CRN 1126 / $185

Pamela Patrick Novotny has taught at the CU School of Journalism, Colorado Authors’ League, Colorado Independent Publishers, American Society of Journalists and Authors; has written more than 10 non-fiction books; and is currently writing a historical fiction novel.

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