The Historic Joy Kogawa House is offering a workshop about writing historical fiction on Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00-8:30PM at the Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4).
In this ninety-minute workshop, writers-in-residence Melanie Little and Peter Norman will share their experiences and insights as writers and editors of historical fiction and help you to dive—or dive deeper—into the writing and research of your own projects.
We’ll talk about how to write both what you know and what you don’t (yet) know. We’ll suggest ways to spark new ideas and ways to develop the ones you already have. We’ll talk about the tension between authenticity and artistry in the creation of voice, as well as about writing the Other and respecting cultural property and differences.
This session will include prompt-based writing exercises. Participants are welcome to bring in a historical object or photograph they’d like to write about; we’ll also provide a couple of options. But please do bring pen, paper, and a curious mind.