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04/20 Writing with History with EK Prescott

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Time: 10AM to 12:30PM Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $37.50 Nonmembers: $45 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

History: The New “It” Genre?

Learn How to Weave a Narrative from True Events with Author & Professor EK Prescott, Ph.D.

If the 2012 Academy Award nominations for films like Lincoln and Argo are any indication of what audiences are clamoring for in their entertainment – then every indication points to stories rooted in history as being the new “it” genre!  But how do you weave a story, interesting characters, and enough of a dramatic narrative to make history come to life?  When do you write a historical event as a true story and when do you take the leeway to allow your historical character to take a fictional journey rooted in real events? How do you document historical fact? And, what in the world is a narrative snapshot movie?

Whether you’re looking to write a book, screenplay or fictional work of any kind based on historical events, people and periods, you need to attend the class with historical fiction and mystery writer EK Prescott, Ph.D. to find out!

When Dr. Prescott wrote her new book series set in the 1920s in New England, The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares, she wove together a story by combining paranormal elements to political scandals, hip happenings for society at that time, and cultural icons that were very real in historical context with the journeys traveled by two fictional main characters.  In this course, Dr. Prescott will reference her own successful tactics as a historical fiction writer as well as guide attendees on how to best capture historical moments for their own stories. She will note, in particular, how and why you should research and document first, and develop characters and plot second. If you are a fan of the history in blockbusters like National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code, you will automatically be a fan of her fictional writing style that makes history come alive.

The class will specifically cover:

  1. The art of historical fiction writing: it is just not a science
  2. Tactics for historical research: the science
  3. 3 key techniques to embed historical fiction within the story
  4. How themes provide platforms for history
  5. A picture/snapshot is worth a thousand words; create your snapshot movie in words within a historical context
  6. How to create characters that bring history to life

By the end of the class, attendees will receive these key takeaways:

  1. Identification of your historical context
  2. 5 keys to good historical writing
  3. Writing strategies to embed history in plot
  4. Strategies to use themes to embed history
  5. Involvement of characters to promote historical background

To get the most of the short time you are with Dr. Prescott, attendees are encouraged to read the first chapter (available for free download at of Dr. Prescott’s new book, or order the book and read it ahead of time to prepare for the course (she will be referencing examples in her book); in addition to coming to class the day-of with their own computer to research in real-time with Dr. Prescott’s in-class exercises.

EK PrescottE.K. Prescott, Ph.D., has been an educator for almost 30 years, and has taught at the college level for the past 15 years. She spent many years as a high school English teacher, middle school principal, and national educational consultant. Among her many accomplishments, she has been awarded research grants, named director of a research institute, and her work was published by the S-STEP group of the American Educators Research Association. She was also asked to present her research in London, England at a S-Step conference. She is currently an online Associate Faculty member, mentor and residency instructor for the University of Phoenix-School of Advanced Studies, as well as a part-time professor for other online doctoral programs. Her new fictional mystery, The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares, is filled with historical facts and events that were very real in New Haven, CT in the 1920’s. She connects with fans via social media on and on Twitter @ekprescottwrite, as well as sharing insights on writing, her book tour and historical fiction on her blog.

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