Course overview

Are you a friend of Cromwell, whether it be Thomas or Oliver? Are you an admirer of Artemisia or Queen Amina of Zaria? Then this half-day course is for you. Aspiring writers of historical fiction writing about any historical era, are invited to look at their practice and the practice of others, to hone practice and meet with success. We aim to fine-tune our writing craft by using a variety of writing workshop techniques. As well as undertaking fun exercises and responding to stimulating prompts, we will add to our repertoire of writing devices by reading and evaluating short extracts from great historical fiction writers such as Mantel, Graves, and Echo.

Course description

“Beneath every history, another history.” So wrote Hilary Mantel in ‘Wolf Hall’. This half-day course will support aspiring writers who already have an idea of another history they wish to share, with practical tips and strategies to help them hone their craft. Aspiring writers of historical fiction will meet like-minded writers and will be led by a tutor who has published and guided other writers to publication. She has studied with Sarah Moss and Tim Leach, well-regarded and successful writers of historical fiction. Extremely well-read and well-informed on a variety of historical eras, she also has a strong track record of teaching history.

This course is designed for aspiring writers of historical fiction. We will look at the difference between historical writing and historical fiction. Ask questions such as, how much license can I take with a historical character? How can I make my dialogue seem authentic yet lively?

Key Learning Aims

• To debate controversial issues around historical fiction.

• To respond to prompts and extracts.

• To develop our writing skills.

By the end of the course, we will have improved our writing of historical fiction or polished a draft we have already started.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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