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Insider Workshop: “Tasting Life Twice: The Key to Historical Fiction" with Eliana Tobias

  • Saturday, May 06, 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


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Tasting Life Twice: The Key to Historical Fiction

About Eliana Tobias as featured in Coachella Valley Weekly

I was born in Santiago, Chile, to immigrant parents who escaped the Holocaust. I graduated from the University of Chile and later completed graduate degrees in the US and Canada. After working in the field of education in various capacities including teaching at the National University in Trujillo, Peru, I discovered my love of writing. My experiences of political turmoil – listening to stories of the Holocaust when Jewish communities in Europe were shattered, losing family in Chile under military dictatorship, and living in Peru during a time of intense civil conflict, fueled my passions to write about the ways people caught in devastation find ways to rebuild their lives.

My first novel In The Belly of the Horse received an award from the International Latino Book Awards in 2018 and was nominated for the Latino Book Into Movies Award.  

My next novel, When We Return, published in May, 2022, has received awards of excellence from the Historical Fiction Company, Readers View, The Literary Titan and a gold award from Global Book Awards - given to authors with global appeal in the publishing industry.

I am a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild and look forward to sharing my journey, my process, and my many discoveries with guests and fellow members. 

Description of talk:

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
—Diarist Anais Nin

Nowhere is that truer than in historical fiction, which allows readers to step inside the mind of those who have shaped the world we live in, and to imagine the all-too human side of history.

Are you ready to imagine and inhabit places you’ve never been, get inside your character’s morals and values you’ve never held, hold manners and voices you’ve never heard and make them come alive for your audience?  Then please join me on May 6th when we will cover:

  • Topics that can inspire your story:  
  • Obscure tidbits to remarkable periods in history to family history. Are you interested in finding your roots? Do you have a hidden bit of family lore you want to explore? Your genealogy (or parts) can constitute an effective source of fiction.
  • Personal and emotional conflicts that make sense for the time period and resonate today.
  • Research that provides inspirations and moves your story forward.
  • Learn to seamlessly blend fact and fiction to ensure credibility and place the reader quickly into your world. 
  • Develop a structure that helps you think about the broad and the narrow aspects of the world they are creating using a bio-ecological framework to build your tapestry.


Unable to attend, no problem, all registrants will receive a video replay of this presentation. Please allow up to 48 hours after the event to receive your video replay.

To receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time. To cancel your registration, go to and click on the blue icon at the top right of any page. Enter user name and password and click "LOG IN". On the next screen click "My event registrations". Select event and cancel registration. 

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Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. 

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago