Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Historical Fiction, a six-week creative writing workshop with Sheila Myers, July 13 – August 24, 2022 (skipping August 17). The class will be held online Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 pm. Once you register and pay, you will be given instructions on how to join the class.
Do you have some old diaries sitting in the attic longing to be made into a novel? Or maybe you have read about a person or event from the past that you thought would make a good story. You never know what will spark the imagination and become a historical novel. In this workshop, writers will unleash the stories that are waiting to be told, by you, the author. Participants will discuss the methods of historical research, where to find inspiration, and how to hone the facts into relatable fiction. Bring your ideas, your outlines, and plan on starting the process of unraveling the past to bring it to a present-day audience. By the end, you should have a decent idea of what your novel would be about and the beginning stages of a novel.
Sheila Myers is an award-winning author and college professor in Upstate New York. Her penchant for research and meanderings through the wilderness, lakes, mountains, and vistas (and the occasional trip to a cemetery) in the U.S. and abroad, inspire her novels and short stories. She is adapting her stories to screenplays. Myers has written five novels. Her Durant Family Saga trilogy is set in the Adirondack Mountains during the Gilded Age period of Great Camps. Her last novel in the trilogy, The Night is Done, received the 2017 Best Book of Fiction award from the Adirondack Center for Writing and a Kirkus starred review. Her latest, The Truth of Who You Are, published by Black Rose Writing in April 2022, is set during the Great Depression and chronicles the development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.