Andrea Chapin & Elizabeth Gaffney: Writing Historical Fiction

Meets: Every other Thursday,
Six Sessions


Dates: Oct. 5 - Dec. 14


Time: 6:30 - 9pm


Sign up:

Members: $545

Nonmembers: $600


This class is now full and no longer accepting students.


Writing Historical Fiction


Join historical novelists Elizabeth Gaffney (author of two historical novels set in New York City, Metropolis and When the World Was Young) and Andrea Chapin (author of The Tutor, a novel about a year in the life of Shakespeare) for a six-session workshop on the art and craft of researching and writing historical fiction. The class will serve as a workshop for novels and short fiction. Each student will submit their work several times during the course of the class. We will offer writers strategies for working with historical research and how to incorporate that material into narratives. In-class exercises and discussions will help students’ focus their research in ways that will push their stories forward. We will examine students’ casts of characters, structures and plots. Writers of longer works are invited to repeat the class. We will also discuss short reading assignments by well-known authors such as William Trevor, Edward P. Jones, Margaret Atwood and Michael Chabon.

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young. Her work has also appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other publications. She teaches writing at New York University and has taught at the New School and Columbia University.

Andrea Chapin is the author of the novel The Tutor (Riverhead Books). She has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, such as The Paris Review, Conjunctions, and The Lincoln Center Theater Review, and has written for More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, Martha Stewart Living, Marie Claire (UK), and other publications. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Honeymoon's Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage & Divorce (Warner Books), of which she was co-editor.  Chapin is a private book editor and taught fiction writing workshops at NYU’s School for Professional Studies for over ten years.