Workshop

Traces of the Past: Historical Fiction with Imogen Hermes Gowar

Saturday 7 May
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10am - 3pm
£65 / £50 conc

How can you use your experience of historic places today to enrich your historical fiction? Dedicate a day to writing with a hands on, sensory workshop led by Imogen Hermes Gower, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

Through group discussions and writing exercises which draw from the medieval fabric of Dragon Hall (home to NCW) and the historic King St area in Norwich, Imogen will show you how you can use research and your surroundings to bring your fiction to life.

  • Explore historical fiction through the lens of the senses, historic spaces and objects around you
  • Connect with characters from the past who were excluded from the written record
  • Conduct short walks and visits to the surrounding area to gain inspiration
  • Develop your research skills and make use of archives

Imogen studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before working in museums. Her first novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, won a Betty Trask Award and was Sunday Times bestseller.

Note: This workshop will include an outdoor observation exercise, which can be adapted to meet your access needs. If you have any questions regarding the outdoor exercise, or would like to discuss your access needs and how we can support you to take part in the workshop, please contact us at info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or by calling 01603 877177.

The workshop will include a one hour lunch break. Drinks will be provided but participants will need to bring or buy their own lunch. There are food shops, cafes and restaurants on King Street and in the nearby Riverside quarter.

 

Bursary places

One bursary place is available for this workshop. Click here to apply →

Covid-19 precautions

We have COVID health and safety guidelines in place for moving around the building and refreshments, including the wearing of masks which can be removed once sat in the workshop. The workshop will take place in a well-ventilated room. We ask that anyone able to scans in via the Track and Trace app, and we will retain contact details for those who do not have smart phones.

About Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar studied Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History before working in museums. Her first novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, won a Betty Trask Award and was Sunday Times bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction, the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, the MsLexia First Novel Prize and the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Imogen lives and writes in Bristol.

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May 7, 2022 12:00 am May 7, 2022 12:00 am Europe/London Traces of the Past: Historical Fiction with Imogen Hermes Gowar Writers' Centre Norwich –

How can you use your experience of historic places today to enrich your historical fiction? Dedicate a day to writing with a hands on, sensory workshop led by Imogen Hermes Gower, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. Through group discussions and writing exercises which draw from the medieval fabric of Dragon Hall (home to […]

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