Online Workshops

Writing Historical Fiction

Course Duration: 6 weeks or at your own pace
Start Date: On Demand
Tutor(s): Patricia O’Reilly
Course Fee: €315.00 + VAT

Ever wanted to spice up the past with your imagination? Perhaps get the know-how on researching and writing a historical back story for a contemporary novel? Maybe you’re interested in detective or fantasy with a historical twist? Ever wondered about the Victorian era; the Irish Famine, the time of the Tudors?  

If so, Writing Historical Fiction is the course for you.

Historical fiction is the new kid on the publishing block. Writers on both sides of the Atlantic are enjoying unprecedented sales. The genre is enthusiastically embraced by publishers and readers alike. In 2009, several of the novels on the Man Booker Prize longlist were historical fiction and winner was Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s story of Cromwell.

Writing historical fiction is much more than placing characters in a bygone era. This course helps writers explore the various genres of historical fiction, and become skilled at building historical fact, storylines and characters into riveting fiction. Each module includes an email lecture, writing suggestions, reading recommendations and an assignment to be submitted for tutor review.   

At the end of this course participants will have clearly defined characters, a strong storyline, optimum locations, cameo scenes and an opening chapter.  

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Course Content in Detail

6 self-contained modules, tailor-made to meet individual requirements, each containing email lecture, writing suggestions, reading recommendations and an assignment.

Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Research
Module 3: Characters

In Fiction characters are king and never more so than when writing historical fiction.

Module 4: Plots and Subplots
Module 5:  Locations & Skills
Module 6

Polishing first Chapter

Tips on finishing that First Draft

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