Immerse yourself in the past with historical writing!
All fiction is, to some extent, escapist – it takes us away from our own lives and into those of other people. And, what could be more escapist than to travel with your writing into the past?
The historical novel, a firm favourite with the reading public, is a genre that attracts many writers and the popularity and demand for historical writers is unquestionable. So, what is the secret of this appeal?
Lifestyle Learning Direct's Historical Fiction course is written with expertise and authority for any aspiring author who wants to work in this interesting field. The course will teach you about construction, characterisation, research, the technique of story-telling, finding a publisher and how to make an ongoing income from your skills as a writer!
Historical Fiction comprises five (5) modules and eight (8) assignments, as follows:
MODULE 1: CAN YOU WRITE HISTORICALLY
Writing for adults, historical characters, subsidiaries to hero, women’s liberation, motives, orphans of history, examples, different eras, what to write about, conflict, influence of 1920s, 1950s, heart of the story, changes since Sept. 11, 2001, classic historical novels, survival, courage, character growth, age range, style, adult, teenage, use of images, what teenagers are reading, characters tell story, atmosphere, influence of genre, young teens in brief, consistency, action, words, Book Council awards, manuscript presentation, illustrations, diary type format, indenting, numbering, research, production tips, don’t rush learning, theme, continuous thread, Assignment 1.
MODULE 2: RESEARCHING THE HISTORICAL NOVEL
Research table, plot, how story fits together, costumes, developing story-line, plot, dates, events, plotting the mystery, references, plotting romance novel, subject matter, language, communication, travel, adult historical romance, customs, religion variations, pageantry historical, Gothic historical, setting, regency historical, 5 senses, atmosphere, language of history, characters’ names, copyright, revisiting historical characters, historical information, encyclopedias, almanacs, memorable incidents, dictionaries, viewpoint, Assignment 2.
MODULE 3: WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Ages 9-12, chapter endings, adventure, exploration, hidden clues, diary form etc., introducing problems, plotting a mystery, ideal settings, suspense, twists and turns, characters, the villain, likes, dislikes, virtues, faults, conflict, hero’s plight, dialogue, action, fantasy novel, the climax, symbolism, race against time, loose ends, keep reader guessing plot, the next steps, Assignment 3.
MODULE 4: WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The world of teens, characters, thoughts, emotions, bad language, dialogue, kind of books, fantasy, Harry Potter, The Green Prince, conflict, mythical, legendary characters, character’s mind, Gothic, mystery, real life problems, complex traits, conscience, correct history, the beginning, plot, chapters, opening scene, conflicts, viewpoint, social attitude, historical romance, young adults 12–15, diaries, sample opener, inspirational romance, the ending, heroine’s viewpoint, tie up loose ends, climax, resolution, young romance, revision, hero/heroine relationship, Assignment 4.
MODULE 5: STRUCTURE AND PUBLISHING
Construction, crises and lulls, timing, query letter, time sequences, covering letter style, dos and don’ts, scene changes, settings, mood, atmosphere, sample letter, locations, structure, visual effects, introductory cover sheet, transitions, synopsis, changing scenes, plot, theme, characterisation, time/space, first person/present tense, television techniques, sales pitch, word placement, impact, outline, end, beginning, middle, chapter synopses, title, author biography, endorsements, book store browsing, reply letter, acknowledgments, table of contents, dedication, submission guidelines, query letter, foreword, preface, covering letter, epilogue, packaging, Australian Writer’s Marketplace, ABPA Directory of Members, Assignment 5.
Assignments 6, 7 & 8 have no associated modules.
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Once you are comfortable that you understand everything contained in the lesson, simply complete your assignment and upload it to the website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment you will receive an email notifying you that it is ready for collection.
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Initial deposit : $308 inc GST
2nd payment : $308 inc GST
Total Cost : $616 inc GST