Writing Historical Fiction

Writing Historical Fiction 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

1PM-4PM • Corte Madera Store






Historical fiction is one of the most popular genres in the book world and it's really fun to write, too! In this informative and interactive masterclass, best-selling historical novelists Siobhan Curham and Linda Joy Myers will guide you through the key elements of writing gripping historical fiction, from creating believable characters and page-turning plots to venturing down the research rabbit hole. This class is perfect for beginners and writers looking to breathe new life into a historical work-in-progress.

Topics covered will include:

  • Coming up with an idea: choosing a time period, choosing your characters
  • The importance of research: Why it all starts with research and where to find it
  • Finding the plot: Using a historical timeline and events as the backbone for your plot
  • Developing characters: How to flesh out a real and fictional historical character
  • Descriptive details: What kind of details do you need and where to find them
  • Final brainstorming exercise/action plan: Leave feeling inspired to work on your historical novel 


Meet the Instructors:

Linda Joy Myers combines her passion for history and her insights into intergenerational trauma in her work as a writer. The desire to educate current generations about how the past repeats itself in the present led her to dig into the history of WWII and write her first novel The Forger of Marseille. It’s a finalist for the Indie Book Award, and on the short list for the Hemingway Wartime Fiction Award. The author of two prize-winning memoirs, Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains, and four books on memoir writing, Linda Joy founded the National Association of Memoir Writers and has enjoyed teaching writing for thirty years. Learn more about Linda Joy at: lindajoymyersauthor.com.

Siobhan Curham is the award-winning author of almost 50 books, and her eight World War II novels have been translated into nine languages. She loves helping other writers achieve their dreams and has run workshops and given talks on writing to thousands of people around the world. Siobhan's new novel, The Paris Network, is being published in the US by Grand Central Publishing in March. Learn more about Siobhan at: siobhancurham.com.


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