Kate Williams on Writing History

21 Sep 2015 / General

 

When it comes to history, research is so important – but it isn’t always the sort of research you can use directly: diaries, letters, archive records are all vital along with secondary sources and biographies.

 

I couldn’t agree more with all those writers who say, keep reading until you can hear the voices of your characters… then it’s time to write.

 

I think Ernest Hemingway gave all writers a precious tip ‘Always stop while you are going good: it takes great force of will to get up when the words and ideas are still fizzing in your brain. But if you do – it means that your imagination is even more eager to get going on the following day…


History Writing Courses

HISTORICAL FICTION: Bringing Historical Fiction to Life
May 2nd – May 7th
The Hurst

The-HurstThe American Quaker novelist Jessamyn West said, “Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past lives in your words and you are free.” Historical fiction, more than most other genres, requires writers to transport their readers to a definite time and place. This course will show you how to make your work sing by concentrating on authenticity whilst not weighing your words down with facts. You will be invited
to submit up to 2000 words to the tutors before the course starts, though this is not obligatory.

Single room price: £750
Bookings and more info here

HISTORY WRITING: Creative Imagination and the Past

The Hurst

exterior the hurstWhatever your interest in history, this course will enable you to bring your ideas to life on the page. We will look at the construction of narrative from sources, the question of voice and tone, and the tricky issue of fact versus dramatisation.

Our focus throughout will be on making history enjoyable and engaging for your readers. History is an exciting and dynamic genre, though it can be challenging to convey. This week will help you find the voice to bring history to life.

Single room price: £725
Shared room price: £680
Bookings and more info here

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