Digging up the past
Writing Workshop | Learn how to find sources of historical information that will be useful in writing historical fiction or non-fiction.
Saturday, 4 March 2023
Writing a historical novel? Prepare with Jane Smith!
This is a 3 hour intensive course on how to research, write, and expand your historical book. Jane is a published archivist, librarian and editor who will guide you with confidence. All proceeds support free literacy workshops for children at The Lighthouse Toowoomba.
What you’ll get out of the workshop
Learn how to find sources of historical information that will be useful in writing historical fiction or non-fiction
Evaluate the relative merits of different sources and problems associated with them
Learn how to incorporate your historical research into your writing.
Part 1: Intro
Approaching your research
· Where to start
· Some of the problems you might face
Part 2: Information sources - primary and secondary sources:
· Definitions and examples
· Relative merits
· Where to find them
Part 3: Case example/ group discussion
· Use my ‘Captain Starlight’ book to illustrate pitfalls of research
Part 4: Activity
· Group work to come up with list of possible sources for a sample topic
Part 5: How to incorporate your research into writing
· Discussion of common mistakes in historical writing and how to avoid them.
Part 6: Group discussion about ideas for your own project.
3 hours (with a short break)
Paper and pen OR laptop for note-taking and group work.