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Writers Workshop with Jessica Handler
“Writing History: Yours and Others”
Saturday, August 22, 1:00 - 3:00 PM             Class Fee:  $45   

About the  workshop:   Jessica Handler, Professor of Creative Writing at Oglethorpe University and author of The Magnetic Girl, leads our first workshop to be hosted via Zoom, the virtual meeting platform.

The two-hour prompt-driven class will cover techniques for capturing vibrant history on the page, along with the basics of crafting characters, dialogue, and world-building for both historical fiction and memoir.

This includes writing effective dialogue without using "historical-ese," world-building, and tips for crafting real and imagined characters from the past who connect with present-day readers. 

Writing level: Prose writers of all levels

About the instructor: A Professor of Creative Writing at Oglethorpe University, Jessica Handler is author of The Magnetic Girl, winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, a nominee for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and a Georgia Author of the Year finalist. 

That novel also was selected as a 2019 “Books All Georgians Should Read,” an Indie Next pick, Wall Street Journal Spring 2019 pick, Bitter Southerner Summer 2019 pick, and a SIBA Okra Pick.

Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters, was also named one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read,” and her craft guide, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss, was praised by Vanity Fair magazine. 

Her writing has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, The Bitter Southerner, Electric Literature, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

First 25 to register
receive a free copy of

The Magnetic Girl