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Published on September 11, 2018 9:41AM

When were matchsticks invented? Did they have electricity? How much did a postage stamp cost? These are the kinds of details writers of historical fiction need to know. At the Sunday, Sept. 16, meeting of Willamette Writers’ coast branch, author Ashley Sweeney will discuss the importance of accuracy in writing historical fiction and offer multiple resources for writers to use in their research.

Sweeney is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. and City University of Seattle. A seasoned journalist, teacher and community activist, she served as a VISTA volunteer after college and remains active in Soroptimist International, one of the largest women’s advocacy groups in the world. Her debut novel, “Eliza Waite,” won the Nancy Pearl Book Award and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award and WILLA Literary Award. She splits her time between La Conner, Washington and Tucson, Arizona.

The free workshop takes place from 2 to 4 pm at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, go to willamettewriters.com/coast.

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