Tuesdays, February 26 – April 2
Join historical novelist Elizabeth Gaffney (author of two historical novels set in New York City, Metropolis and When the World Was Young) for a six-session workshop on the art and craft of researching and writing historical fiction. The class will serve as a workshop for novels and short fiction. Each student will submit work several times during the course of the class. In-class exercises and discussions on how to incorporate historical material into narratives will help students balance their research and storytelling. We will examine students’ casts of characters, structures and plots. Writers of longer works are invited to repeat the class. We will also discuss short reading assignments by well-known authors such as Andrea Barrett, Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.
Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young. Her work has also appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other publications. She teaches writing at New York University and has taught at the New School and Columbia University.