Genre: Writing History: Yours & Others
This is a two-hour prompt-driven online class. Writers will explore techniques for capturing vibrant history on the page, and participants will learn the basics of crafting characters, dialogue, and world-building for both historical fiction and memoir.
Writers in this class will explore and utilize methods for bringing history alive on the page, learn to write effective dialogue without using “historical-ese,” investigate tips for crafting characters from the past who connect with present-day readers, and examine the deployment of research in narrative while maintaining story. This workshop is suitable for prose writers at all levels.
In addition to being a Professor of Creative Writing at Oglethorpe University, Jessica Handler is author of The Magnetic Girl, winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, a nominee for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and a Georgia Author of the Year finalist. The novel also was selected as a 2019 “Books All Georgians Should Read,” an Indie Next pick, a Wall Street Journal Spring 2019 pick, a Bitter Southerner Summer 2019 pick, and a SIBA Okra Pick.
Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters, was also named one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read,” and her craft guide, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss, was praised by Vanity Fair magazine. Her writing has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Electric Literature, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.b
Author Website: https://jessicahandler.com/