The Guests: Historical Fiction Class

Explore writing historical fiction with Flora Winters in this light-hearted two-hour workshop.

Adults (Ages 16+)
Thursday, April 25 | 3-5 pm

This is an in-person event.

Wordcrafters Studio
436 Charnelton St. Ste 100
Eugene, OR 97401

We now offer Pay from the Heart Pricing
We want everyone to have access to our writing programs. Choose the ticket price that best reflects your financial capacity. If you need further support, please contact us at bewriting@wordcrafters.org.

Participant – $52.00 (For those with limited access to funds)

Sustainer – $69.00 (The true cost of this offering)

Patron – $86.00 (This amount supports those who need to pay less to attend)

Registration Closes April 18

Masks are optional. Please stay home if you’re unwell with any upper respiratory illness.

Before modern methods of travel were invented–like cars and planes, even trains–traveling long distances was an even more arduous process than it is now. 

In ye olde days–back when rich folk lived in castles, palaces, and mansions–weary travelers could count on being given hospitality and a place to rest by the wealthy families who lived in these giant houses.

Refusing to host a traveler gave you a bad reputation in your community. You’d be considered rude, or maybe even too poor to be able to afford such hospitality. Gasp! 

Imagine if you were one of those travelers, hoping to stay the night at a great house to rest your tired bones on your journey. Who might you be–and who might you encounter?

In this two-hour workshop with Oregon writer and folklorist, Flora Winters, you’ll explore the wealth of story possibilities that might arise from the eclectic mix of people staying the night. Who might they be? Perhaps family, friends, pilgrims, con artists, government officials, writers, hopeful singles, and that one person nobody seems to know but everybody is too polite to question.

Writing stories with clear good and evil, right and wrong, is an easy place to start, but most readers look for more nuance. Using this scenario, you will build characters with indirectly opposing agendas and motivations to generate conflict. This will offer an opportunity to explore the grey areas and delight the reader with resolutions that offer surprising compromises instead of a clear-cut triumphant or tragic ending.

You’ll write (or forge) a letter of introduction, step into the perspectives of characters high and low, human and animal, and explore how to use this set-up for your chosen genre, whether it be fantasy, murder mystery, or comedy of errors.

Do you have questions about this or any of our programs? Email us at bewriting@wordcrafters.org

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