Friday, March 4, 2016

Writing the Historical Novel, Part 1

When Dr. E. K. Prescott wrote her new historical fiction mystery 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 Part 1 of this two-part tutorial, Dr. Prescott references her own successful tactics as a historical fiction writer as well as guides writers on how to best capture historical moments for their own stories. She notes, in particular, how and why you should research and document first, and develop characters and plot second. If you are a fan of historical blockbusters likeNational TreasureLincolnArgo, and The Da Vinci Code, you will automatically be a fan of her fictional writing style that makes history come alive. 

In this 30-minute tutorial, you will learn:

  • What historical fiction is and is not
  • How to find your historical context
  • The Science and Art of historical writing
  • 10 keys to conducting historical research
  • The Golden Rule of Researching
  • Key techniques on how to embed history with context of your story
Dr. E.K. Prescott has been an educator for over 30 years. She has worked at the Federal, State, and District levels as a teacher, a national consultant for teaching writing, a principal, and a professor - to mention a few. Dr. Prescott has won numerous awards for her scholarly and fictional writing. These include and not limited to - Honorary mention at the 2014 Paris, New York and Hollywood book fair contests for her historical fiction mystery series The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares. She presently works with doctoral students at several universities, while continuing her historical fiction series.