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Historical fiction can transport you into worlds that are incredibly fun to write. Do you want to reintroduce a little-known hero/​heroine into popular culture? Would you like to tell the sweeping saga of your own family’s struggle in America? Is there an event from long ago that seems hauntingly relevant today? Any story that is more than 50 years in the past is considered historical fiction, so sometimes one’s own childhood tale can be the source of inspiration.

“Historical fiction has its own unique demands, though,” says instructor Jess Wells. “You can’t just throw a tapestry over the flat screen TV in your scene and call it historical. There are real differences between modern life and life in the past, which require real differences in your writing. And that, to me, is the greatest thing about it.”

In this lively one-day workshop, we will:

  • Identify where each of you is in the process of your project, whether you're just starting off or have already developed your plot
  • Discuss how to research and when to stop researching
  • Discuss how settings can help your plot
  • Consider how to tell the story of famous people from a fresh angle
  • Identify ways in which historical stories illuminate modern truths



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  1. Saturday, January 20, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • I highly recommend this class and Jess as an instructor. I always feel more creatively motivated when I take classes from her. She is also very adept at interweaving positive feedback with what we need to improve on in our work. That, at least for me, is really important, especially as a beginning writer. She knows her stuff and she knows how to explain it well.

    Reed Graner
  • This class exceeded my expectations. Jess is an excellent teacher. She’s funny, empathetic and to the point. She conveyed a lot of information, but didn’t just lecture. She asked excellent questions that prompted realizations and thoughtful responses from the attendees.



Saturday, January 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 12:00 am PST
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

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