Workshop Tackles Accuracy in Historical Fiction
When were matchsticks invented? Did they have electricity? How much did a postage stamp cost? These are the kinds of details writers of historical fiction need to know. At the Sept. 16 meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast branch, author Ashley Sweeney will discuss the importance of accuracy in writing historical fiction and offer multiple resources for writers to use in their research.
The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.
Sweeney is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. and City University of Seattle. A seasoned journalist, teacher, and community activist, she served as a VISTA volunteer after college and remains active in Soroptimist International, one of the largest women’s advocacy groups in the world. Her debut novel, Eliza Waite, won the Nancy Pearl Book Award and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award and WILLA Literary Award. She splits her time between La Conner, Washington and Tucson, Arizona.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.