Historical events can be used as starting points for Creative Writing.
After genuine historical facts are studied — writers can ask “what if?”
and then create alternative histories and side stories. An excellent example of this is
the YA novel: The Name of the Star in which author Maureen Johnson creates a
fascinating, yet fictitious, paranormal story about London’s historic Jack-the-Ripper.
(By the way, our best wishes to Maureen who is convalescing at the moment,
I understand). http://maureenjohnsonbooks.tumblr.com/
Steampunk fiction authors often rewrite history inserting anachronistic devices.
An excellent Steampunk TV series is Murdoch Mysteries. A bit of history is often woven
into the plot. http://www.cbc.ca/murdochmysteries/about/
A great resource for Creative Writing Teachers is “This Day in History”
which is found here:
Your assignment for today: write some fiction which includes a bit of real history.