Building Your Historical World, with Susanne Dunlap

World building is most often associated with fantasy and science fiction, but it’s an equally crucial part of writing historical fiction. The difference with historical fiction is that the world you create doesn’t spring solely from your imagination. It must be grounded in real history, involving careful research and attention to detail. So how do you manage it without losing yourself down an endless research rabbit hole and never getting to the page? In this half-day workshop, you’ll be introduced to some principles and strategies that will help you create an authentic world integral to the story you’re telling, a world that can feel real and immersive to your reader without overwhelming your process. In addition, I’ll share some tools and resources I have found helpful in writing my 14 historical novels, and provide exercises that will enable you to focus your research and world building on the needs of your particular story.  Online.

Saturday, January 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Susanne Dunlap is the author of ten historical novels for adults and teens. Her young adult novel The Musician’s Daughter was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Bankstreet Children’s Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the Missouri Gateway Readers Prize and the Utah Book AwardHer novels Listen to the Wind and The Spirit of Fire are the first volumes of a medieval trilogy for adults, The Orphans of Tolosa. Listen to the Wind is a finalist for the Chaucer Awards for Pre-1750 Historical Fiction and a Distinguished Favorite in the NYC Big Book Awards. Susanne has a PhD in music history from Yale University and is an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach.