How do you root your fiction in history without getting stuck in the mud? How do you set your imagination flying when you have to look everything up? And while getting your facts right is one challenge, the next is to convince your readers.
In this practical tutorial we will think about the opportunities that setting stories in the past gives us, and what that means for how to research, imagine and write them. We will try our hands at some short exercises, and explore where to look for the voices, people and facts a historical story needs – and when and how to leave the research behind. We’ll also look at some examples of exciting historical fiction by others, to widen our sense of the possibilities.
You should leave with a clearer idea of how to set about writing historical fiction, and how to tackle the challenges and opportunities you will encounter – and maybe even some some new story ideas.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.