History Lessons for Romance Writers
It is sometimes forgotten that historians, even those inhabiting the highest ivory tower, are storytellers. They therefore share much in common with authors of the “most popular and least respected” literary genre: romance. In this workshop we will select a few esteemed scholars and – unbeknownst to them – apply their lessons to the craft of romantic fiction writing. We will, in the process, learn how to strengthen our stories, both historical and contemporary, by considering the operation of historical context.
Amanda Bidnall is an instructor in History at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD from Boston College, and last year published her first article in the journal Twentieth Century British History. She is currently preparing a manuscript for publication entitled Building Black Britain: West Indian Artists in London, 1945-1965. Amanda recently received RWA’s Academic Research Grant to fund her next project, “Domesticating the Mass-market Romance Novel: A Prehistory.” She is a novice romance writer.