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13 March 2021 – Writing Historical Fiction

Two hours of screen time using Zoom in the morning, with detailed presentations from Fiona Veitch Smith. Session one: the world of a historical / period fiction author, talking through the various issues she encountered with each of her books in terms of finding a publisher, considering the readership, the ethics of historical writing and being a writer of faith in the general market. Session two will look at: Writing historical / period fiction – the three concentric circles of researching & writing historical novels. With tips and techniques for the historical fiction writer.

During the afternoon, a panel of three writers will field questions and lead a discussion about the demands and pitfalls of writing in this genre.

And there will be optional social chat rooms, and a big helping of encouragement with your own writing.

Fiona Veitch Smith is best known as the author of the Poppy Denby Investigates Mysteries (Lion Fiction), murder mysteries set in the 1920s. She has also written historical fiction set in first century Palestine (Pilate’s Daughter, Lume Press) and period fiction set in 1960s-1990s South Africa (The Peace Garden, self-published). She has written Biblical picture books for SPCK (the Young David and Young Joseph books) and a new series of non-fiction graphic novels about historic scientists of faith (Charles Babbage & the Curious Computer, SPCK in collaboration with the Faraday Institute). She writes both for the general and Christian markets, with The Jazz Files being shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Historical Dagger in 2016.

Janet Hancock, whose novel Beyond the Samovar, set in Russia and England in 1919-20, was published in 2019 by The Conrad Press, is diffident about her writing but she knows a great deal about research.

Andrea Sarginson has a wonderful story to tell about how she came to write her novel Man of Glass, published by Instant Apostle in February 2020. It hit the shops and Kindle at the beginning of lockdown, which was ironic, since the plot is set in the Black Death pandemic of 1349.

Places are free for ACW members and £5 per computer for non-members. The email confirming your place will contain an outline of the day and details of how to make a voluntary financial contribution to the work of ACW, should you wish to do so. The Zoom codes will be sent out the day before the event to the email address you use for booking. (Please note that Gmail and some other providers sometimes put group emails into the spam folder. Check your inbox thoroughly before contacting us to say you have not received the codes.) Any questions contact Jane Brocklehurst on but be aware, she does not check the ACW inbox every day. Thank you for your patience.

Bookings for this event are now closed.  See you on Saturday, 13 March on Zoom.



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