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(In person) Writing Workshop: Channeling History Meeting One

Thu 28 September 2023 @ 19 h 00 - 20 h 30

Meeting one of our two-part Fall 2023 Workshop: Channeling History with Scholar of Note Ladee Hubbard.

Join American Library in Paris Scholar of Note Ladee Hubbard in a two-part writing workshop devoted to historical fiction. 

During the workshop, participants will focus on how to write history: conducting historical research, adopting historical language, and situating themselves in foreign time. Led by Hubbard, they will demystify archival research, and consider the imagination required in recreating an era. How do we write characters into the traps of history, and how do we write them out? They will consider the boundaries between fact and fiction: what is our relationship to accuracy, and how do we define this? 

Simultaneously, participants will consider the axes of socially conscious literature. History is constantly adopted, appropriated, used and abused to serve political and artistic ends. Is all historical writing necessarily political writing? How do plot and character map onto the interstices of the personal and the political? When we wield history as a tool for narrative, what is our responsibility to the present? 

About Ladee Hubbard: 

Ladee Hubbard is the author of the novels The Last Suspicious Holdout, The Talented Ribkins, which received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, and The Rib King. Her writing has appeared in Oxford American, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly and Callaloo among other venues. She is a recipient of a Berlin Prize, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. 

The American Library in Paris Scholar of Note program is generously sponsored by the de Groot Foundation.

About the workshop

The workshop will unfold over two 90 minute sessions. These will take place in person at the Library on 28 September and 4 October from 19h00 to 20h30 CEST and are open to both Library Members and non-members.

Advance payment and registration is required

Members rate: 40€ per participant. 

Non-members rate: 60€ per participant. 

Please note that registration will open on Thursday, 7 September. Register here.


Thu 28 September 2023
19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min
Event Category:
(In person) Writing Workshop: Channeling History Meeting One
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