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2020 Fox Cities Book Festival: Turning History into Historical Fiction by Janie Chang

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:30pm

Part of the 2020 Fox Cities Book Festival!

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Readers and emerging writers of historical fiction often ask about research and how closely should authors adhere to true events. Janie Chang will discuss research and what to consider when making the decision between absolute historical accuracy and tweaking the facts. Using examples from her novels, she will talk about some of the most common mistakes; when to fictionalize history to create a better story; how to balance authenticity and fact; effective ways to convey time and place; and how research can turn up unexpected information that makes authors rethink characters and plots – and sometimes even derail the original story – hopefully for the better!