Writing historical fiction is living in the past with the responsibility of portraying it accurately to thepresent. Join Lesley Klenk for a discussion on the use of research strategies, finding pictures to support character development, and building themes relevant to then and now. In this talk, you will examine examples in the novel, How Socrates Bravo Got His Name, Klenk’s novel just released this spring. The book is available on Amazon and Browser Bookshop in Olympia. You do not need to read the book to participate in the talk, but you may find it helpful to connect with the examples. Set in 1928 Alabama, 13-year-old Socrates is stuck between a boy and a man. He is unsure about his own life decisions but manages to help everyone else find their way home. As his mama says, “you aren’t going to be a tall one, but your heart will more than make up for it.” Join Lesley on June 23rd for this exciting talk – She is thrilled to share the secrets of building a historical fiction with you!
Lesley Klenk, PhD, a published writer, blogger, and teacher of travel writing, has made her home primarily in Washington state with a few stints in the Northeast and the Heartland while earning advanced degrees in English. Her writing meanders through the genres of literary fiction, travelogue, memoir, and creative non-fiction. You can read her work on her travel blog, Travels with Paul (lesleydklenk.blog), and the social media platforms, Thurston Talk and Grays Harbor Talk. Klenk realized her calling as a travel writer after surviving a close encounter with a shrieking hyena in South Africa, and stumbling into an illicit speakeasy in Paris. Her mission is to laugh her way around the world even if she does have to fly economy class. How Socrates Bravo Got His Name is her first novel.
Attend the talk on Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00 am!