Writing Historical Fiction

Whether you are already writing your own historical piece, or interested in embarking on one, this short course will encourage you to take control of your own work and write exciting, contemporary material. Designed for ambitious writers of fiction, 'Writing Historical Fiction' offers an introduction to the study of creative writing at postgraduate level.

Dates: 12 May; 9, 30 June

Saturdays: 10.00 – 16.00

Course code: 17TON344

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The three, full-day sessions will be divided between discussion of techniques in contemporary writing, writing exercises, and workshops. Each of the days will focus on a different historical novel and its approach to the form. We will consider extracts from these works and how the techniques discovered can be applied to our own writing.

Over the course you will be introduced to the format of creative writing study at postgraduate level, and encouraged to think more deeply about both your own writing and your reading. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on your own writing from the tutor and other participants.

Course content

  • Workshop and seminar-style classes.
  • Smaller class groups.

This course allows you to spend time exploring what makes great writing in greater depth, among like-minded people. You will have the opportunity to complete writing exercises, and to give and receive feedback.

There will be written and reading activities between sessions, including the opportunity to read and reflect on the work of your fellow students.

The following texts will underpin the three weeks of the course:

  • Week 1: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
  • Week 2: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • Week 3: Soldiers of Salamis by Javier Cercas

Course tutor

Dr Alex Martin-Carey is a writer and theatre director. She is an Associate Lecturer in the Schools of English and Arts at the University of Kent where she completed a PhD in Creative Writing. She also manages outreach projects for the university across humanities subjects. Alex has written short stories and pieces for stage and film, and her debut novel The Greater Thief was published in 2012.


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