Writing the Hard Histories

Lia Deromedi

This workshop will explore writing historical fiction with an emphasis on war and other traumatic events. The darker moments throughout history offer a wide variety of possibilities for stories, from espionage to civilian experiences, the lowest ranking soldier or his mother back home. In this workshop, we’ll focus on the intersections between historical research and fiction writing, accuracy and creativity. In addition to going over some tips and tricks for how to write about traumatic historical events, attendees will have the opportunity to examine passages from published works and craft their own short scenes.