Writing Historical Fiction

w/ Lauren Chater

A fascination with history can be transformed into daring works of fiction. In this course, writers will discover opportunities to illuminate the past and learn how to shape and write compelling fiction based on rich historical sources. Whether your goal is to write short stories, a novella, or a full-length manuscript, this online program will help open your mind to the creative possibilities of historical fiction.

21 September – 19 October 2022
5 x Wednesday evening sessions 6.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST)

$ 475/$ 403.75 alumni

Hilary Mantel, two-time Man-Booker prize-winner said, ‘History is not the past: it’s the method we’ve evolved of organising our ignorance of the past… It’s what’s left in the sieve when the centuries have run through it.’

This course will help you pick through the sieve to find the gold you need to tell your story.

Over five weeks, under the guidance of Lauren Chater, author of three historical novels, we will explore the most important elements of historical fiction including setting, voice, structure, research and rewriting. Through weekly exercises we will explore how the best writers of this genre weave together fact and fiction to create memorable stories and characters that will intrigue and enchant readers.

Your course includes:

• 5 weeks of 2 hour evening tutorials
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin Website

Writers you'll be working with:

Lauren Chater

Lauren Chater is the author of three historical novels – The Lace Weaver (2018), Gulliver’s Wife (2020) and The Winter Dress (2022), all published by Simon & Schuster. In 2018 she was awarded a grant by the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund to visit The Netherlands to research her third book. She is currently completing…

Course outline

Course outline:

The course consists of five evening online sessions, Wednesdays, 6.30-8.30pm AEST

Session 1: Wednesday 21 September
Introduction to setting and world-building

Session 2: Wednesday 28 September
Mastering voice

Session 3: Wednesday 5 October
Structure and plot

Session 4: Wednesday 12 October
Research for writers

Session 5: Wednesday 19 October
Rewriting and editing your own work

How to Book

Purchase Includes 10% tax

To secure your place in Writing Historical Fiction you can pay the full course fee ($ 475/$ 403.75 alumni), or the deposit only ($ 200/$ 170 alumni).

If you pay the full course fee no further payments are required.

If you pay the deposit only, one further instalment ($ 275/$ 233.75 alumni) will be required by 5 October. Payment instructions will be sent closer to the time.