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The Presence of the Past

Writing Historical Fiction with Michelle Butler Hallett

Hemming and hawing over a New Year’s resolution? Why not resolve to write more? Starting January 18th, Michelle Butler Hallett will be hosting a 4-week workshop on writing historical fiction for both emerging and established writers. Come with an existing project to work on or accept an assigned historical moment. Either way, there’s lots to gain from this workshop. Let’s take a look at the week-by-week breakdown . . .

Week One: January 18, 2022, from 7 to 9 p.m. Atlantic Time

What does every good story need? Conflict! This session focusses on conflict on both macro and micro levels.

Week Two: January 25, 2022, from 7 to 9 p.m. Atlantic Time

Next, we’re going to be looking for some character! This session 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 Three: February 1, 2022, from 7 to 9 p.m. Atlantic Time

Where are we? This session will have us diving into setting and sense.

Week Four: February 8, 2022, from 7 to 9 p.m. Atlantic Time

Finally, the last session will take us back to plot to explore the connections and differences between plot and story.

This workshop is taking place virtually over Zoom and is being hosted by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Click here for payment details and to register.

Michelle Butler Hallett (she/her) is a history nerd and disabled person who writes fiction about evil, violence, love, and grace. She is the author of five novels, including Constant Nobody and This Marlowe. She lives in St John’s.

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