Online Workshop: Historical Fiction

A 2-hour online workshop to learn about writing historical fiction, with writer Carolyn Kirby.

Join Carolyn Kirby (The Conviction of Cora Burns and When We Fall) for an online historical fiction workshop that will focus on channelling your imagination into the building blocks of fiction.

Through a mix of presentation, discussion and writing exercises, Carolyn will explore techniques that can help you place yourself inside the world of your characters. Using visual sources from the past as well as writing extracts, the workshop will show how research can be a stimulus to creating stories with a historical setting.

The session will also provide pointers to the successful translation of imagined scenes into the language of fiction.

For writers of all levels of experience, including beginners.


About the workshop leader:

Carolyn Kirby’s debut novel The Conviction of Cora Burns was nominated for awards from the Historical Writers’ Association and the Crimefest/Specsavers prize. Her most recent novel, When We Fall was chosen by the Times as one of the ten best historical novels of 2020.


About the workshop:

The workshop will take place online via Zoom. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Please join the Zoom link 15 minutes before the advertised start time to allow you to join and test your audio and video is working as it should.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.


This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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16 Oct 2021


10:00 am - 12:00 am