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Writers' meeting to focus on historical fiction

Published January 20. 2012 05:01PM

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

During the meeting, a workshop entitled "Castles to Corsets: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" will be presented by local author Kathy Coddington

Contrary to popular belief, historical fiction is not dead. Viking warlords, knights, Scottish lords, feisty women in corsets and bonnets and bawdy ladies of the evening are still a popular draw.

This workshop is designed for those interested in diving into the world of the past and bringing it to life. It provides a broad overview from where to begin, organizing your research, characterization, handling language and dialog effectively to tips for putting it all together and setting up a marketing plan.

Coddington writes paranormal and historical romance and has five books published with Ellora's Cave Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.

In addition to writing, she teaches a novel writing course at Northampton Community College. She is a member of two Civil War reenacting units and is a frequent lecturer at schools and historical societies. She has also published several articles about the fashions of the mid-19th century.

The Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers group, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, is dedicated to promoting excellence in fiction writing by providing continuous support to its members, who are writers from the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountain areas of Pennsylvania, and western New Jersey.

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