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Eric Goodman, "Researching and Writing Historical Fiction and/or Memoir"

Jun 18, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Phillips Hall, 100

16 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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In 2020, Eric Goodman published Cuppy and Stew, a historical novel/faux memoir. In 2025, his second historical project, Mary Dowling, Mother of Bourbon, a blend of historical fiction/narrative nonfiction will be published. In this nuts-and-bolts craft lecture, Goodman will discuss his experience with both primary and secondary sources and reveal professional tips for writing about the past. Technological improvements have made historical research easier, but creating three-dimensional characters once you know what they did, remains the greatest challenge and pleasure of this exciting genre.

Eric Goodman has published seven books, most recently Curveball (2024), with an eighth, Mary Dowling, Mother of Bourbon, to be published next spring.  Two of his last three books (historical novels/faux memoir) have involved considerable historical research. Goodman is a longtime ISWF instructor and the former creative writing director at Miami University.

Readings at Prairie Lights are sponsored by the Writing University.

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