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Kelly Gardiner




How do we bring history to life through fiction? We’ll look at why we choose to set stories in the past and the challenges involved: how and what to research, how to investigate and interpret real people in history, and different approaches to voice and character. We’ll discuss the all-important questions of how to build a world that is based in reality and also imagined, and techniques for presenting the past in a way that appeals to modern readers.

A portrait of Kelly Gardiner


This workshop will be a series of webinars, reading lists, and writing exercises, delivered over six weeks. All webinars will be recorded and participants will have access to the link. If you are not able to make one of the webinars, you will still be able to access the link in your own time. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Expectations of readers and writers of historical fiction
  • Practical approaches to voices and dialogue
  • Research tips, sources and tools
  • How to integrate research and imagination
  • Writing about real people from the past


Saturdays, 2-3pm, March 21, March 28, April 4

Wednesdays, 6-7pm, March 25, April 1, April 8

About Kelly Gardiner

Kelly Gardiner’s latest series is The Firewatcher Chronicles. Her previous novel, 1917, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize. Kelly’s other books include Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Goddess, based on the life of the seventeenth century French swordswoman, Mademoiselle de Maupin. She teaches at La Trobe University and is the host of the Historical Novel Society’s Imagining the Past podcast.

Not a member?

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

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Registration for this event ended on 20 March 2020 - 4:00
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