Want to be the new Hilary Mantel or Sarah Waters? Dream of delving into the recent or distant past like Colum McCann or Colm Tóibín?
Do you have an idea that might become a historical novel, or have you already started? Then this workshop is for you.
Aimed at intermediate-level writers, we will explore different approaches to historical fiction; how to imagine yourself into another time; research – when and how to do it; the ethics of writing about real people; the melding of fact and fiction.
This workshop will be a creative hot-house experience and participants should be prepared to share their ideas, develop their own work during the workshop and, most importantly, to write – lots!
Mary Morrissy is the author of three historical novels and a collection of short stories.
She has taught creative writing in Ireland and the US for over a decade; she is currently Writer Fellow at University College Cork where she teaches fiction on the MA in Creative Writing. Her most recent novel is The Rising of Bella Casey from Brandon Press and her awards include the Hennessy Award for short fiction and a Lannan Literary Award.
The workshop sessions will run from 9:30am to 12:30am each day.