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

Historical Fiction Study Hall: Recreating the Past

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  • $385.00 Non-Member
  • $370.00 Member

Class Description

In this six-week class, we will explore an array of acclaimed novels in order to learn more about the genre of historical fiction, and to improve and expand our own works of historical fiction. Each week we’ll read excerpts from two historical novels and discuss these readings in class, focusing on such topics as narrative style, real-life versus fictional protagonists, and how to blend historical fiction with other genres like mystery and fantasy. The authors we’ll read include Tan Twan Eng, Mary Renault, Robert Harris, Walter Mosley, and Yangsze Choo.

Students will also write a short piece each week in connection with the readings, using the excerpts as jumping-off points to experiment with different ways of writing and thinking about historical fiction. These pieces can be related to the students’ larger projects or stand alone as short stories, and we will share and discuss them in class each week. By the end of the course, students will have a firm grasp of the conventions, challenges, and range of possibilities within the genre of historical fiction.



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 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.