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

Essentials of Historical Fiction

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Reading historical fiction can be a wonderfully immersive experience, giving us not only gripping stories and characters but also windows into unfamiliar worlds from the past. Writing historical fiction, however, offers a host of genre-specific pitfalls: How do we capture the language and customs of an era without alienating modern readers? How do we incorporate fact with fiction, research with invention? How do we balance the necessities of story-telling with the requirements of world-building?

In this seminar, we will focus on the essentials of writing historical fiction, from the challenges of creating approachable dialogue to the best strategies for weaving real-life figures into a fictional story. We will analyze examples from published authors, and engage in brainstorming and writing exercises to explore the most important facets of the genre. By the end of the seminar, participants will have gained a thorough grasp on how to write historical fiction that both brings to life past eras and creates brand-new stories for the future.



Class Format

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.

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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.