Sunday, 18 October 2015

Creative Writing Workshop, Writing History, Harrogate, 22 October 2015

There are still places available on this Creative Writing Workshop, Harrogate International Festivals, next Thursday.  Full details below:

How do you root your fiction in history, without getting stuck in the mud?
How do you make characters come alive across the centuries?
How do you tell a great story when you have to look everything up?

In this practical workshop, authors Emma Darwin and Sally O’Reilly will help you learn how to make your readers believe in the story you want to tell. Together, you will explore imagining, researching and writing historical fiction, including thinking about what twenty-first century readers of all kinds are looking for, how to approach publishers, and what’s involved if you decide to self-publish.

in in our intensive 90 minute workshop and you should leave with plenty of new ideas, techniques and inspiration for all your future writing about the past.


To find out more and to book, visit or call 01423 562303.




Harrogate History Festival
22 – 25 October 2015
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Featuring Tracy Borman, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Ken Follett, Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Neil Oliver, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and many more great names

The Festival will take place from 22-25 October 2015 and we’re inviting you to spend an action packed weekend in the beautiful town of Harrogate, steeped in its own history. Join us for this fantastic opportunity to explore and grapple with leading literary minds on some of the most gripping conflicts, personalities and epic tales in human history.

Harrogate International Festivals invites audiences to delve into the characters, intrigues and stories that stood the test of time to become the stuff of history books. Hosted in association with the Historical Writers Association, the 2015 Harrogate History Festival will feature some of the giants of the genre, with Special Guests including Tracy Borman, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Ken Follett, Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Neil Oliver and HRH Princess Michael of Kent as well as a range of panel themes to really get your teeth stuck into, including ‘600 Years of Beating The French’, marking the anniversaries of victory at Agincourt and Waterloo, ‘My Eras Better Than Yours’, with period writers attempting to convince the Romans, Tudors, Vikings or Ancient Greeks are the best eras for time travellers to return to in a Tardis, ‘Not Just Bullets and Bombs’, a lively panel discussing the legacy of the Second World War, ‘Bad King, Great Charter’, exploring the truth behind the myths surrounding the Magna Carta and our annual debut writers panel ‘New Blood’.

With so many great names, why not see them all with a Rover ticket starting from only £56 and Weekend Break Packages (which include all tickets plus accommodation and lunches at The Old Swan Hotel and an exclusive Festival goody bag) start from only £359. Individual event tickets start from just £7. See our website for more details.

For the full programme of inspirational writers, visit

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Description: Special Guest: Michael MorpurgoDescription: Special Guest: Kate Mosse in Conversation with Manda ScottDescription: Special Guest: Neil OliverDescription: Special Guest: HRH Princess Michael of KentDescription: Special Guest: Melvyn BraggDescription: Special Guest: Ken Follett

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