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OCWW Hosts a Session with Suzanne Calkins -- Historical Fiction

October 24, 2013

Suzanne Calkins -- Historical Fiction

In this session, Susanna will discuss what she has learned about writing historical fiction as a historian-turned-novelist, and share her own path to publication.

In particular, she will focus on such questions as: How can we contextualize our stories historically without just dumping information on our readers? How can we make our dialogue seem authentic, without sounding stilted or archaic? How much historical research is "enough"? In this discussion, Susanna will offer some strategies for avoiding the most common pitfalls in writing historical fiction.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives in Highland Park with her husband and two sons. Represented by David Hale Smith of Inkwell Management, her first novel, A Murder at Rosamund's Gate, (Minotaur/St. Martin's Press) was published in April 2013. The second in this series, featuring Lucy Campion, will be released in spring 2014. Her website and blog are located at and she is on Twitter @scalkins3.

$10 for members

$15 for non-members

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  • Sarah

    Suzanne was outstanding! Glad so many could attend!

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Brenda R.

      a thoroughly enjoyable time! great participation during the critique session and Suzanne wisely read excerpts from 3.

      October 25, 2013

  • Sarah

    Welcome to all! Please know that we have over 175 members!
    So, there are many networking opportunities and you can join
    a critique group or start a new one. Our members are highly published creative writers who will support and motivate you regardless of your stage on your journey! Our presenters are
    leaders in their fields, right, Tina?

    1 · October 23, 2013

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