Perfecting Dialogue from Historical to Genre-SpecificTeleconference
Class Begins: 01/09/2016 Ends: 01/09/2016
Class Time: 10:30 am - echo date("g:i a", strtotime($class['class_end_time'])); ?> (PST)
Historical fiction will always be a challenge for writers since your audience walks into your story with expectations sometimes centuries in the making. Most, if not all, of your characters may have died years ago, some of them so famously that your audience already has opinions on how they looked, acted, and spoke.
How does one live up to these expectations while being true to themselves as a writer? How does one script dialogue worthy of historical figures, everyday people, and even other writers from history? How does one bridge language barriers across oceans of time while avoiding the treacherous rocks of sometimes shoddy research?
Then again, is it possible to break all the rules? After all, some scripts have won Oscars for deliberately working-and writing-against the currents of history.
Writer, educator, and historian Jacopo della Quercia confronts these challenges every day. He is a scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a novelist for St. Martin's Press. His novels has been praised by museums, historians, and literary critics for his profound use of history, and his Cracked articles are among the most widely-read on the Internet.
In this teleconference, listeners will learn the methods Jacopo uses when researching his works and will share in his experiences writing dialogue for some of the most famous figures in history. Among them: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Albert Einstein, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his 2014 novel The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, and William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Guy Fawkes in his newest novel License to Quill.