Researching Your Book—History, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Local with Tyler R. Tichelaar

Marquette’s most prolific author and NMU grad teaches you how to find history in genealogy, photos, newspapers, and other archives to develop your own fiction or non-fiction books–Tyler Tichelaar has written 20 books and is a 7th generation Marquette resident.

Being historically accurate is of primary importance when writing history and historical fiction. In this presentation, local author Tyler Tichelaar will teach you how to:

  • Avoid the biggest pitfalls of authors writing about history
  • Protect your book from inaccuracies
  • Find primary and secondary sources
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of real versus fake history
  • Develop processes for organizing your research
  • Document your sources properly
  • Connect with experts in your field who can help you
  • Find valuable UP-related sources if writing about local history
  • Offer tips for doing research online

You will leave knowing how to make history come alive for your readers, while not letting a good story get in the way of the facts.

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation Marquette resident. He holds a PhD in Literature from Western Michigan University and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. An avid interest in U.P. history and genealogy led him to writing U.P. historical fiction and non-fiction. Today, he is considered a local expert on Marquette history.

Tyler published his first novel, Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy, Book One, in 2006. In 2009, he won first place in the historical fiction category in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel Narrow Lives. Since 2010, he has sponsored the Tyler R. Tichelaar Historical Fiction Award through Reader Views. In 2011, Tyler was awarded the Marquette County Outstanding Writer Award, and the Barb Kelly Award for Historical Preservation for his efforts to promote Marquette history. His current project is a biography of Ojibwa Chief Charles Kawbawgam, to be published in 2020.

 About the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)

The UPPAA was founded in 1998 as a non-profit 501(c)2 corporation with the goal of educating and empowering authors of the U.P. Among its outreach programs are a Speaker’s Bureau, a contest for young writers (grades 5 to 12), and an annual journal The U.P. Reader.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Lydia M. Olson Library, TBA
Lydia M. Olson Library, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

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Victor R. Volkman, President of UP Publishers and Authors Association

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