Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thayer Memorial Library
Writing From History: A Panel Discussion. with Tim Castner, Mary Babson Fuhrer, Tona Hangen, Kevin Levin, Megan Kate Nelson, Richard C. Wiggin, and Ursula Wong.

How do you create compelling stories born from the past? Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative hosts a panel of local, award-winning novelists and historians as they explore the ways fiction and non-fiction writers bring history alive for the modern reader and address the challenges they face. How do we weave historical fact into compelling characters and plots, reconstruct worlds and cultures, maintain truths in speech and action, and conduct effective research? Please join us for this special event.

For an interview with the panelists, please visit our blog.

Tim Castner has worked as a history teacher for the past twenty years at Nashoba Regional High School. His publications include chapters on The Great Awakening and The Constitutional Convention in Conflicts in American History: A Documentary Encyclopedia, 8-Volume Set, and a recent collaboration with Paul D. Hanson for his book, A Political History of the Bible in America.

Mary Babson Fuhrer is a public historian who specializes in the social history of New England. Her book, A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 (University of North Carolina Press), was awarded the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize.

Tona Hangen is an associate professor and department chair in the Department of History and Political Science at Worcester State University. She is a permablogger at Junvenile Instruction, an emeritus author at Teaching United States History, and  a contributor to many scholarly journals, including, The Journal of American History, and American Quarterly. 

Kevin Levin is a historian and former high school history teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a consultant with the National Humanities Center’s Transpacific Teacher Scholars program, the author of Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder and the editor of the forthcoming Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites for Rowan & Littlefield’s “Interpreting History Series.”

Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian based in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Her current book project, Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won—and Lost—during the American Civil War, has received a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award, and will be published by Scribner in 2019. She has written for the New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Preservation Magazine, and currently writes a regular column on Civil War pop culture for Civil War Monitor. Nelson has also written two previous books: Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005).

Richard C. Wiggin has written numerous articles about the Revolutionary War time period, including seven audio tours for different segments of Minute Man National Historical Park and Boston’s Freedom Trail. His award-winning book, Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783 (Lincoln Historical Society, 2013), has been hailed as a compelling narrative of the connection of a New England farming village to the sweep of the Revolutionary War. His articles have appeared in Alaska MagazineThe Boston Globe, the Civil War Courier, and The Lincoln Review.

Ursula Wong is the author of two novels, the award-winning Purple Trees, and the recently released historical Amber Wolf, set in 1944, during the Soviet invasion of Lithuania. Her short stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.