Writing Historical Fiction with Lara Prescott


Time & Date:
Wednesday, August 7th, 6:30pm — 9:30pm

Austin Bat Cave
1317 S. Congress Ave.

How does one begin to write about the past, whether it’s the Cold War or the fall of the Ming Dynasty? Do you research before you put pen to paper or as the story develops? And is too much research ever a hindrance? In this discussion, Lara Prescott shares the research process for her book, The Secrets We Kept, and how she found a way to give new light to a historical event. From reading declassified CIA documents to obtaining genuine artifacts to traveling to Moscow, London, Paris, and D.C., Prescott discusses what worked best for her as well as missteps along the way.

This class is open to fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, is forthcoming (September 2019) from Alfred A. Knopf; it will be translated into 28 languages and adapted for film by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions.

Lara received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. and international development in Namibia and South Africa. Prior to writing fiction, Lara worked as a political campaign consultant.

Lara’s writing has appeared in The Southern ReviewThe Hudson ReviewCrazyhorse, and more.

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