CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? How to Craft Authentic Voices for Characters From the Past
Readers of historical fiction know that a novel must be based in sound, accurate details of the time and place involved if it's to be convincing. Most importantly, they recognize that a novel sinks or swims by virtue of the authenticity of its characters' voices, whether shared through a 1st or 3rd person narrator.
In this hands-on workshop, Rivers will share her methods for creating compelling and believable voices from the past, methods she employed while writing her Civil War-era novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books, 2017) as well as her early 20th century milltown novel, Troublefield, which will be published in 2019-20 by Algonquin. These techniques involve intensive research digs for primary source material such as letters, newspaper stories, inquest reports, memoirs, journals, diaries, and oral histories.
Bring a character profile with you if you're currently working on an historical novel, or a specific period of time in a particular region. And don't forget your notebooks!
Rivers will read from The Second Mrs. Hockaday and sign books from 5-5:50 pm, prior to class.
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