October 14, 2015  |  7PM - 9PM  |  Adult Education Room - Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church  |  $195 includes all six sessions. Limited to 12 participants.

Live Through This: Historical Fiction Workshop

with Kathleen Alcala

Field's End has teamed up with the Writers Studio at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) to bring students this six-week workshop on writing historical fiction. 

The workshop will be held in the Adult Education room, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church.

This six-week course will focus on shaping historical fiction into a form that will appeal to a modern audience.  Participants will focus on the emotional development of their characters, as well as setting, scene, and dialogue, to find the commonalities between their characters and their readers.  Sensory detail draws the reader into the story, but we must also empathize with the characters.

One of the most successful genres in both commercial and literary publishing today, a beautifully imagined historical novel has a timeless appeal that readers of all ages find irresistible.


Each of the six sessions will focus on a specific topic and the techniques for achieving those ends.  This may involve a writing exercise. Participants will then comment on work by individual writers in the class, as made available by the participants.

The six sessions are as follows:

  • Know your historical period
  • Know your setting
  • Living culture
  • Living characters
  • Living language
  • Living readers
What do you want your readers to take away from your work? The final session will conclude with a discussion of how to approach an agent or editor, cover letters, the synopsis, and possible markets. 

The workshop will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays evenings: beginning October 14th and ending on November 18th. Workshop hours will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Registration cost is $195 which includes all six sessions. A student must register for the entire workshop. Field’s End cannot accommodate partial registrations.  There will be no refunds for sessions missed by participants.

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in 2014. She has been designated a Bainbridge Island Treasure in the Arts.

Find out more about Kathleen at

Field's End workshops are designed to foster the art and craft of writing for participants at all levels. Along with workshops that address specific genre and core elements of structure, we offer workshops in professional development.

Field's End workshops are offered at various times during the year. They fill up quickly and so we always encourage participants to sign up early.

Field’s End strives to keep classes affordable. For those who need financial help with tuition, scholarships are available through the Jack Olsen Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund