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TWS Community Workshops: Truth or Fiction? From Research to Novel

Sun, 10 Mar 2019 10:00 AM

Whether your novel takes place 20 or 200 years ago, your characters and settings should immerse readers in the world of the story.

During this three-hour workshop, led by Janie Chang, you'll learn tricks on how to use your research to create a strong sense of place.

We'll also cover where to begin with research and where to stop, helping you learn when it's okay to make things up and when it isn't. Janie will speak to some of the most common mistakes in writing historical fiction and go over how to bring your research into your work without dragging down your story.


Instructor Bio:

Janie Chang writes historical fiction set in China. She draws inspiration from family history about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War and stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals. 

Her first novel, Three Souls, was largely written during her year at The Writer’s Studio (2011). Published by HarperCollins in Canada and the U.S., the novel was a finalist for the 2014 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and one of nine Canadian books nominated for the 2015 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Dragon Springs Road (2017), her second novel, was a Globe and Mail national bestseller.

Date(s): Sun, March 10, 2019, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 2520, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)