"The Art of Weaving Research into
Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction"
with Historical Writers Panel:
Sheila M. Byrnes, Maureen Stack Sappéy and Dr. Katie Witek
Authenticity vs. historical accuracy: Telling a good, believable story set in the past is a tricky balancing act.
This recorded webinar features three experienced writers and researchers who
share lessons they have learned about the process of finding and using reliable sources of historical information and weaving that research convincingly into
works of fiction and non-fiction, avoiding common pitfalls along the way.
Viewers will learn:
· What exactly qualifies for the genre of a "historical" work?
· Tips for doing historical research.
· The value of doing on-site research
· Methods of applying that research to writings that center upon historical events and figures.
· How to write dialogue true to the era.
Conquer your fear of immersing into the past!
Your Master Instructors
Sheila M. Byrnes
Letters member from the Central New York Branch, Sheila is currently writing a book about her life as a farmer's daughter in New York.
A highly published and widely respected genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sheila has provided genealogical research guidance and insights for more than 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.
Sheila currently serves as NLAPW 1st Vice President.
Dr. Katie Witek
Catherine (Katie) Witek received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She taught non-fiction writing and 18th century English Literature at St. Xavier University, Chicago, where she co-authored a textbook, Research Writing in the Information Age (Allyn & Bacon, 1999). After a twenty-year career at St. Xavier, she retired to write her first historical novel, The Trial of Misella Cross (Sky Parlour Press, 2012), and is putting the finishing touches on the sequel.
Katie served as NLAPW National Letters Chair and is now a Member at Large living in Chicago.
Maureen Stack Sappéy
Maureen is the author of award-winning fiction: short stories in national magazines, five novels of historical fiction, and two non-fiction books on President Abraham Lincoln and President Thomas Jefferson. She works as a book coach, an editor, and instructor of fiction-writing techniques. A former journalist and college instructor, she is represented
by well-respected Hollywood producers for two of her novels, Letters from Vinnie and The Silver Soldier, for adaptation into film. Letters from Vinnie is a NY Times recommended epistolary novel about Vinnie Ream, a Civil War era sculptress and a member of the NLAPW in Art, Letters and Music. It is now in development as a TV series.
Maureen is a Letters member of the NLAPW and served on the national board as Entertainment Industry Chair.
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