Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Anna Westbrook
Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early and emerging writers

Learn the practical elements of writing a historical fiction novel with novelist Anna Westbrook. We will discuss the process of turning an idea into a plot, and explore effectove research methods. In order to create fully realised characters whose psychology and dialogue are appropriate to the period and context of your novel, we will work on techniques of characterisation. We will also analyse effective passages from Australian historical fiction. Writing exercises will stem from these reflections.

This class is ideal for those who have an idea, an outline, or an early draft of a novel (due to time constraints we will not be focused on editing later-stage drafts). 

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop research skills to convey accurate historical detail in fiction.
  2. Storyboard out a plot and write a pitch for your novel.
  3. Improve writing skills with exercises tailored towards strong characterisation, producing tension and conflict, and portraying a particular time in history.

Participant Requirements
Please bring no more than a one-page outline of your novel idea for discussion, and a 250-500 word sample of your writing, ideally relevant to or to be incorporated into your novel draft, for workshopping (time permitting).

About the tutor
Dr Anna Westbrook has presented at conferences and writers’ festivals around Australia and internationally. Her debut novel, Dark Fires Shall Burn (2016), is published by Scribe. She is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at New York University Sydney.


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