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Writing Historical Fiction (includes access to Getting Published)
Meet Your Teacher: Hannah Kent (0:51)
Why Write Historical Fiction?
What is Historical Fiction?
Suggest Exercise: Why Write Historical Fiction?
Why We Read or Write Historical Fiction
Your Teacher: Why I Write Historical Fiction
Suggested Exercise: Why Fiction?
Your Teacher: Ideas for Historical Fiction
Suggested Exercise: What Questions Are You Asking?
Suggested Exercise: Ethical Considerations
Your Teacher: Ethical Considerations
Suggested Exercise: Acknowledging and Negotiating Our Ethical Responsibilities
Negotiating Ethical Responsibilities
The Value and Nature of Research
The Benefits of Research
Suggested Exercise: What Do I Need To Know?
What You Need To Know
Your Teacher: What Do I Need to Research?
Suggested Exercise: Brainstorm
Where Will I Find The Information I Need?
Australian Libraries and eResources
The National Library of Australia (NLA)
How to Search a Library Database
Your Teacher: Website Search Engines
Suggested Exercise: Website Search Engines
Your Teacher: Open-Air Museums
Museum Libraries and Private Collections
Sources of Information
Diaries, Letters, Journals and Logbooks
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
History and Non-Fiction Books
Historic and Contemporary Novels, Plays and Poetry
Suggested Exercise: Writing an Introductory Email
Your Teacher: Writing an Introductory Email
Understanding Bias, Prejudice and Motive
Where Do I Start?
When You Can't Find What You're Looking For
Suggested Exercise: How to Record Your Research?
Your Teacher: How to Record Your Research?
Time to Sit Down and Write
When to Sit Down and Write?
Suggested Exercise: Identifying Difficulties
Too Much Information
Suggested Exercise: Too Much Information
You're Writing Fiction, Not History
Anachronisms and Factual Errors
You Are a Storyteller, Above All Else
Suggested Exercise: Generating a Character from History
The Importance of Characters
Suggested Exercise: What Makes Characters Compelling?
Suggested Exercise: Backstory, Detail and Complexity
The Importance of Plot
Suggested Exercise: Character Motivation
How to Best Convey Setting
Suggested Exercise: Dialogue
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Suggested Further Reading
What You Need To Know
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