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  • Event
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

Craft Talk Series: ‘Empathy to Authenticity: Writing Historical Fiction and Other Identities’ with Autumn Allen

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  • $40.00 Non-Member
  • $35.00 Member

Event Description

When we write historical fiction and when we write characters whose identities we don't share, we stretch our understanding of the human condition. How can writers approach these projects with respect and patiently pursue authenticity and empathy? In this presentation, we will discuss the works of authors such as Toni Morrison, Jesmyn Ward, and Jacqueline Woodson, and we will explore the use of research, interviews, readers, and our own lived experience to get us closer to our characters so we can tell their stories with authenticity. Attendees will brainstorm the resources they have, the resources they need for their projects, and will come away with a better understanding of the human side of craft.



About the Craft Talk Series

Want a fun crash course into unique craft topics not covered anywhere else? From how to write historical fiction and other identities with empathy and authenticity to how to write through dark periods (and take care of yourself while doing it), GrubStreet's Craft Talk Series explores fascinating writing subjects often left out of traditional classes and workshops. These interactive talks will include takeaway prompts to further guide your writing and thinking about series topics.

Tickets include one complimentary drink from the Fabulist Café. We encourage arriving before the session start time to collect your drink and settle in!



Program Format

This program will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.



Covid-19 Update

GrubStreet's space will be mask optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in-person.

Format/Location

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.


Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.


Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.