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Registration is now open for “Story Stalking: Historical Fiction Writing Workshop” with novelist Molly Dwyer in Ukiah.
This historical fiction writing workshop, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 20 takes place at Mariposa Center, a rural retreat in an oak-filled canyon 10 minutes from Ukiah/Highway 101 in Mendocino County.
The $75 workshop fee includes a copy of Dwyer’s award-winning novel, “Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein” and a box lunch. Early registration is advised, as space is limited. For registration forms and workshop details, go to www.mollydwyer.com or call Dot at 707-463-2736 or 707-272-8305.
Molly Dwyer’s debut novel, published last year, won a national award for historical fiction and was recently nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction as one of the best works by a Northern California author published in 2008.
During the daylong workshop, Dwyer will use guided and free writing experiences, conversation and presentation to explore four aspects of writing historical fiction: research, framing, structure and ethics. She goes beyond standard linear approaches to research, such as Internet and primary sources, to include intuitive methods, such as dreaming and synchronicity.
In framing a story, Dwyer addresses how to shape fact into fiction and develop a strong sense of time and place with special attention to the sensibilities of characters living in another period or culture. She’ll suggest ways to structure a complex story that facilitate movement between research and writing, exploring background, foreground and back-story elements.
Finally, she will examine ethical questions in writing historical fiction, including how to stretch the facts to fit the fiction and how to transform fiction to fit the facts, as well as how to strike a balance between the two.
Dwyer has received glowing reviews for her presentations and workshops throughout the western United States and internationally.
“Molly Dwyer gave one of the best, most articulate presentations about writing I have ever experienced, at any venue,” says Cindy Pavlinac, vice president of the California Writers Club Marin Branch. Molly’s perspective is grounding, informative, inspiring, and current."