Back to All Events

Upstate Writing Month 2019 Craft Workshop and Reading, Spartanburg SC

  • George Dean Johnson Building 160 East Saint John Street, Room 280 Spartanburg, SC, 29306 United States (map)

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. The class will be held in the same room beginning at 6:00 pm.

Log on to the Upstate Writing Month website to register for the class, or contact Brock Adams, badams@uscupstate.edu for more information. No registration is required for the 5:00 reading and signing.