On-Line writing courses

Writing Historical Fiction

Contact: patriciaoreilly100@gmail.com

Thanks again for your valuable inputs, both at an earlier stage when I did your module on Historical Fiction, and through your more recent editorial inputs.
Endorsement from Patricia Byrne, author “Veiled Woman of Achill” published by Collins Press, April 2012.

6-modules, worksheets tailormade to suit participant’s requirements, project work individually accessed

Course Content

Introduction:

  • What is Historical Fiction?
  • Various genres
  • Importance of Time Period

Research

  • How to show both historical and fictional figures dealing with historical events
  • Using historical events to complement story’s narrative
  • How and Where to carry out research
  • Using research to story advantage
  • Balancing history and fiction – so that neither overwhelms the other

Characters

In Fiction characters are king and never more so than when writing historical fiction.

  • Development of character/s using Character Profile
  • The power of the senses.
  • The advantages of showing rather than telling
  • Using to character advantage clothes/food/ethos of time

Plots and Subplots

  • MindMapping
  • Storyboarding.
  • Creating Cameo sequences;
  • Set-pieces to create atmosphere

Locations & Skills

  • Optimum Locations/settings/weather to compliment characters and story line
  • Point of Entry
  • Building on Detail,
  • Emotional landscaping
  • Writing Historical Fiction as a contemporary genre
  • Polishing first Chapter
  • Tips on finishing that First Draft

 


 

Secrets of Writing Bestselling Fiction

Comments from previous participants:

  • I felt the course was very honest and practical
  • Assignments and critical assessment v. helpful

Contact: patriciaoreilly100@gmail.com

6-modules, worksheets tailor-made to suit participant’s requirements, project work individually accessed

Introduction:

  • What is Bestselling Fiction?
  • Various genres
  • How to go about creating bestselling fiction

Plots and Subplots

  • Building Plots:
    • MindMapping
    • Storyboarding.
  • Creating Cameo sequences;
  • Set-pieces to create atmosphere
  • Using detail
  • Research

Characters

In Fiction characters are king.

  • Development of character/s using Character Profile
  • The power of the senses.
  • The advantages of showing rather than telling

Locations & Skills

  • Optimum Locations/settings/weather to compliment characters and story line
  • Point of Entry
  • Emotional landscaping
  • Polishing first Chapter
  • Tips on finishing that First Draft
  • And after….