Masterclass: From Academic to General Readership

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Masterclass: The Journey from Academic to General Readership with Tania Hershman

Bringing hidden histories to life

Tuesday 27/06/2023, 19:00-21:00 BST

Academics often capture fascinating glimpses of women’s lives in their research and archival work, but don’t often have the storytelling and writing tools to share the stories of and around these lives in creative, novel ways for a general audience. Come along to this free online writing masterclass with poet and writer Tania Hershman for permission to experiment as well as a host of new ideas for bringing to life these hidden histories of women for a wider readership. The masterclass is co-organised and funded by Northumbria University, inspired by feminist recovery work ongoing in its Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and Scholarly Editing and Print Cultures research groups. Tania Hershman is the author of nine books of fiction and poetry, co-founder of the On This Day She history Twitter account and co-author of the accompanying book, and has a PhD in Creative Writing inspired by particle physics. (

This Masterclass is fully funded, so there is no fee to participate.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom Meeting, so you can choose to have your video camera on or off. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.


About Tania Hershman:

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Tania Hershman’s second poetry collection, Still Life With Octopus, was published by Nine Arches Press in July 2022 and her debut novel, Go On, a hybrid ‘fictional memoir-in-collage’, is forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books in Nov 2022. Her poetry pamphlet, How High Did She Fly, was joint winner of Live Canon’s 2019 Poetry Pamphlet Competition and her hybrid particle-physics-inspired book and what if we were all allowed to disappear was published by Guillemot Press in March 2020. Tania is also the author of a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook and three short story and flash fiction collections, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ & Artists’ Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is co-creator of the @OnThisDayShe Twitter account, co-author of the On This Day She book (John Blake, 2021), and has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics.

Access information: 

All sessions will have auto-generated captioning.
During sessions we will have a text version available via screen share.
There is a Chat facility to ask any questions.
A recording of the Masterclass will be available to view for one month after it is aired live.
There is a Chat and Q & A facility to ask any questions.
Zoom Meeting format

Subject to funding/permissions (please contact us for more details)

Downloadable transcripts.
BSL interpretation.
Live captioning.

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