2018-03/18 Writing the Past – The Truth of Historical Fiction with Ona Russell

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018 Time: 10am to 2pm Number of sessions: One Day Class! ! Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

William Faulkner famously said that “the past is never dead.” Effective historical fiction confirms that statement by revealing eternal truths about the human condition. The settings may be in the past, but the stories resonate in the present. In this workshop, we’ll examine the basics—from research to voice to pacing—in creating such works. We’ll discuss how to write credibly without getting lost in the rabbit hole of detail. And more generally, we’ll explore the narrative relationship between the real and the imaginary. So hop on my time machine and begin your narrative journey! 


Ona is the author of three award-winning Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries, including The Natural Selection, a finalist in the 2009 California Book Awards, and Rule of Capture, winner of the 2015 IPPY silver medal for regional fiction and praised by LA Times as the “L.A. mystery of the summer.” Ona Russell holds a PhD in literature from UC San Diego where she also taught for many years. She has written and lectured nationally on the topic of “literature and the law” and has been published in a variety of other venues.

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