So yesterday I met Sundra from Spread the Word and we headed up to Hampton Court Palace to meet their Education Officer, Lee, and discuss a workshop I’m running at the Palace in May. What an amazing place to do a day on writing historical fiction. The Palace, for those who don’t know it, is really two palaces in one – the Tudor Palace built by Wolsey then occupied by Henry VIII, then the baroque Versailles wanna-be of William and Mary. There are ghosts, Carravagios, the maze, the chapel that has been in use for 450 years and of course the Great Hall where Shakespeare performed.
On 14th May I will be performing (kinda) in the education suite where William III’s soldiers used get drunk and disorderly. We’ll be looking at how to get the best out of research to inspire plotting and character, how the best writers of historical fiction establish their period and setting and the great mystery of finding the ‘tone’ of your book or story.
I hope it’s the sort of thing where people will come away with a lot of ideas, some characters and scenarios, and inspired to get writing. We’ll also make use of the magnificent setting for practical exercises. The workshop runs from 10.30 to 4.30 and is £45 (£40 to HRP Members). That includes light refreshments and entrance to the Palace. I’m going to spend another day at the Palace in March to think about exactly what I’m going to get people to think about (if you see what I mean), so if I go missing for a few days, please send some one down to check the maze.
You can book tickets here.
Oh and in the HRP Spring brochure there’s a picture of me RIGHT NEXT to one of Philippa Gregory. I feel famous.