Historical Fiction

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At the 2011 Unicorn Writers' Conference we discussed the basics of storytelling in a five-step process that includes how to generate ideas and master the techniques of storytelling such as characterization, conflict, setting, voice, and other elements of craft. In addition to pointers on the revision process and readying manuscripts for publication, living the writing life was explored: how to endure rejection and most importantly, how to find your voice, write your passion, and give your all. 

 Photo by Lynne Harty

Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Readers fell in love with Water for Elephants and its story of Jacob, a young man tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, and Rosie, the untrainable elephant. This instant #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in 44 languages and has over 3 million copies in print worldwide. The movie version is in the works, starring  Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Robert Pattinson (2011 release). Sara Gruen moved to the United States from Canada in 1999 for a technical writing job. When she got laid off two years later, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. A devoted animal lover, her first novel, Riding Lessons, explored the intimate and often healing spaces between people and animals and was a USA Today bestseller. She wrote a second novel, Flying Changes, also about horses. 

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