5 - 10 August 2013
How do you root your fiction in history without getting stuck in the mud? In this practical and focused week we will draw on our varied experience to help you tackle the challenges of setting your fiction in the past. We will explore the questions of period voice and language, characterisation, research and structure to create the perfect historical novel.
Emma Darwin’s debut The Mathematics of Love was shortlisted for, among others, the Commonwealth Book Prize and Goss First Novel Award. Her PhD included her bestselling novel A Secret Alchemy, and explored the writing of historical fiction. www.emmadarwin.com
Manda (MC) Scott’s first novel was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and her fourth for an Edgar Award. Her bestselling Boudica: Dreaming series preceded the more recent Rome series of first-century spy thrillers. www.mcscott.co.uk
Guest Robert Low has been a journalist and writer from the age of 17. He is author of the Oathsworn Series and is currently writing the Kingdom Series, which deals with the Scottish Wars of Independence – the era of Wallace, Bruce and Edward Longshanks.
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, West Yorkshire
Lumb Bank is an 18th-century mill-owner’s house which stands in 20 acres of steep woodland. The house once belonged to Ted Hughes and is set in a striking Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, fine stone houses and weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills.
Single room: £680
Shared room: £620
Grants are available for those on low income - click here for more information.
You can book a place with a deposit of £150. The balance of your course fee is payable by six weeks before the course starts.
Book online (just click the blue button at the top right of the page) or by calling Lumb Bank on 01422 843 714.