Writing Historical Fiction

Mon 19 August 2024 - Fri 23 August 2024
Tutors / Natasha Pulley & Susan Stokes-Chapman
Guest Reader / Abir Mukherjee (Digital)
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genres / FictionHistorical Fiction
Language / English

What does writing about the past say about the present? Join award-winning author, Natasha Pulley and The Sunday Times bestseller Susan Stokes-Chapman to explore the captivating world of long-form historical writing. During the week, you will escape back in time and find inspiration from real people and events from your own family or locality as well as some of history’s most well-known characters and legends. By attending this course, you will gain a better understanding of how to capture a sense of time and place and bring your research to life.

Whether you’re looking to develop a new piece of fictional work, or simply curious about an individual story or historical event, the tutors will guide you through the process of research and narrative building to ensure your story leaps off the page. Through participative workshops, and one-to-one tutorials, you’ll be encouraged to consider to what extent writers are able to reimagine history and the differences between historical fact and fiction. You’ll also discover effective ways to create convincing characters, shape believable worlds, and plot and pace your narrative. Each workshop will lead you – through discussion, writing exercises, and consideration of (light) theory – to gain confidence in your writing and develop new skills and techniques which will enable you to recount history in your own unique voice.



One £200 bursary space is available for this course. To apply, please complete this application form. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 19 June 2024

For further information about the support available, please visit our Financial Assistance page: https://tynewydd.wales/courses-retreats/financial-support/  


Natasha Pulley

Natasha Pulley is the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury, 2016), The Bedlam Stacks (Bloomsbury, 2018), The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (Bloomsbury, 2020), The Kingdoms (Bloomsbury, 2021) and The Half Life of Valery K (Bloomsbury, 2022). An international bestseller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, the Locus Awards, and remained on the Sunday Times bestseller list for much of summer 2016. The Bedlam Stacks was longlisted for the Walter Scott Award and shortlisted for the Encore Award. Natasha has lived in Japan as a Daiwa Scholar, as well as China and Peru. She was a 2016 Gladstone Writer in Residence, and she teaches on Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing BA, alongside short courses at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Her latest novel, The Mars House, will be published by Orion in 2024. 


Susan Stokes-Chapman

Susan Stokes-Chapman grew up in the historic Georgian city of Lichfield, Staffordshire, but now lives in north-west Wales. She studied at Aberystwyth University, graduating with a BA in Education & English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel Pandora (Harvill Secker, 2022) is a loose reinterpretation of the Greek myth Pandora's Box. Set in Georgian London, it tells the story of aspiring jewellery artist Dora Blake and her encounter with an ancient vase that her tyrannical uncle is desperately keen to keep a secret. The novel became an instant number one Sunday Times bestseller, and in 2020 was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Bath Novel Award. www.susanstokeschapman.com 


Guest Reader

Abir Mukherjee (Digital)

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