An Introduction to Writing Historical Fiction


Do you want to write historical fiction? 

Join Meredith Allard, the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, the award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction, as she shares tips and tricks for creating believable historical worlds through targeted research and a vivid imagination. 

Give in to your daydreams. Do the work. Let your creativity loose into the world so you can share your love of history and your passion for the written word with others.   

An Introduction to Writing Historical Fiction is based on the book Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction.

About The Copperfield Review


The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction, has been featured in publications such as Writer’s DigestNovel and Short Story Writer’s MarketWriter’s MarketKiller StartupsDuotropeThe Los Angeles Times, and Las Vegas Seven Magazine. It was named one of the top sites for new writers by Writer’s Digest and it received the Books and Authors Award for Literary Excellence. In 2018, The Copperfield Review was named one of the top historical book blogs. Since its beginning in 2000, The Copperfield Review has developed a worldwide reputation as a leading market for short historical fiction and historical poetry. 


About Meredith Allard


I'm the Founder and Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review. I've taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. My writing has appeared in journals such as MoondanceMuse Apprentice GuildWild MindWriter’s WeeklyThe Huffington Post, and Introvert, Dear. I received my B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from CSU Northridge and my Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I'm the author of the bestselling paranormal historical Loving Husband Trilogy, and my sweet Victorian romance, When It Rained at Hembry Castle, was named a best historical novel by IndieReader. My newest release, Painting the Past: A Guide for Writing Historical Fiction, was named a #1 New Release in Authorship and Creativity Self-Help on Amazon.


Praise for Painting the Past


"I found Allard’s voice down to earth, the tips useful for anyone, and was pleased to know that I'm on the right track with what I'm already doing. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone interested in writing historical fiction. 5 stars.” ~Michelle, NetGalley

Praise for Painting the Past


“An excellent guide to writing historical fiction. 5 stars.” ~Mary, NetGalley

Praise for Painting the Past


"Because of its comprehensive coverage, the work is beneficial to both seasoned and aspiring authors. It explores topics such as traveling to historical sites for research, finding inspiration, which point of view to adopt, diversity, the basic components that make a great fiction story, and more." ~Readers' Favorite

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An Introduction to Writing Historical Fiction

Do you want to write historical fiction?

Share your love of history and your passion for the written word with others.