Sunday, Oct 22, 10am-4pm
Open to all
Limited to 12 participants
Writing original and entertaining non-fiction is hard enough.
But when you set about writing historical non-fiction about true events and real characters that happened many years, decades or even centuries ago, your challenges only increase. You cannot interview your main characters, they are long dead. Archives may be hard to access or expensive. How do you bring to life your locations and scenes and make them accessible and understandable to the modern-day reader?
This all-day workshop with best-selling author and journalist Julian Sher takes you through the steps to make your next project a success – or at least achievable. The topics covered include:
- CHOOSING YOUR TOPIC
- KEY RESEARCH TOOLS – BOOKS
- KEY RESEARCH TOOLS – NEWSPAPERS
- KEY RESEARCH TOOLS – PHOTOS
- KEY RESEARCH TOOLS – LIBRARIANS
- WRITING: START RIGHT AWAY
- WRITING APPROACH
- WRITING STYLE
- CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES: (Cultural appropriation. Political correctness, presentism and trigger words.)
- FACT CHECKING
- SELLING YOUR BOOK
We will be using examples from some of the best writers of the genre from a variety of backgrounds — women, men, Black and Indigenous including Margaret McMillan, Eric Larsen, Sidney Schama, Tanya Talaga, Ben MacIntyre and Isabel Wilkerson.
Participants are encouraged to read samples of these authors’ work and, if they want, Julian’s three historical non-fiction books: The North Star, Until You are Dead and White Hoods. More information on these books at www.juliansher.com/books.
*This workshop will take place at the QWF Office (Room 3, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Quebec) with up to 2 virtual spots for participants who are unable to attend in-person. By default, all workshop registrations are for in-person spots. If you would like to attend the workshop via Zoom, first email Riley (email@example.com) to see if online spots are still available for this workshop, and then wait for confirmation. Virtual spots are limited and are reserved for people who either live outside Montreal or have a medical condition.