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Bringing the Past to Life MP3

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Bringing the Past to Life: Research Strategies and Methods for Writing Historical Fiction Weidler Faculty: Judson Roberts For authors of historical fiction, challenges include not only crafting a compelling story, but also accurately capturing and invoking for the reader the time and place within which the story is set. Judson Roberts, the author of The Strongbow Saga, a historical fiction series set in the 9th century world of the Vikings, will draw on his own experiences in researching a people, culture, and historical events that occurred over one thousand years ago in teaching this workshop. Topics covered in the workshop will include: 1) Understanding the perceptions and beliefs of the peoples who are subjects of the story, to help the reader see the world and events in the story as they would have. What types of source materials can help the author get inside the heads of those long dead? 2) Language and dialect: achieving a balance between creating an authentic-to-the- period sound and feel to characters' speech versus smooth flowing, easy-to-read writing. 3) Historical accuracy versus artistic license. 4)Examples of source materials for major historical events that frame the story, as well as for the little details that can bring a period story to life. 5) How are hands-on and on-the-ground research helpful? When are they necessary?
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