Is the past a foreign country, or is the past never really past? What makes a novel or short story an example of historical fiction? In this workshop, we’ll discuss the particular questions and challenges that arise when writing a work defined as “historical, “ including how to balance historical accuracy with the needs of the story and the expectations of modern readers. We’ll pay special attention to the various methods of writing historical dialogue, and will talk about research strategies and resources.
Gail Husch is Professor Emerita of Art History at Goucher College, and is the author of The Button Field (Barley Mill Press 2014), a novel set in late-19th-century New England.