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Writing and Researching Historical Fiction with Mirandi Riwoe

Event description

In this workshop participants will learn in what ways research can enhance both their writing practice and their historical fiction. Through authorial insights, discussion and a series of writing exercises, participants will further develop their own research and writing process, and practice techniques for incorporating research into a work of fiction. The workshop will suit people who are at the beginning of their writing project or who are struggling to manage their research process and output. 


Detailed outline including structure and learning outcomes: 

  1. An overview of Mirandi’s fiction and the research that has informed her writing
  2. An exploration of character in historical fiction - activity
  3. Where to look when beginning your research - activity
  4. Mirandi models how to use research in your creative work - activity
  5. How to interpret what you find
  6. Research as inspiration
  7. Re-writing - activity
  8. A discussion on Authenticity vs Accuracy
  9. Fiction vs History; prescience
  10. An exploration of setting - activity
  11. General tips
  12. Q&A

Who is it for: Any level. Suiting people who are at the beginning of their writing project or who are struggling to manage their research process and output.

    Workshop Details

    When: Saturday 29 June, 10am – 4pm

    Where:  In-person at the Byron Writers Festival office

    Cost: $155 members/$200 non-members

    Group size: 10 participants max.

    About Mirandi

    Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Sunbirds, a novel set in Australia and Java, during WWII. Her book, Stone Sky Gold Mountain, won the ARA Historical Novel Prize and the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her short fiction and novellas can be found in the collection The Burnished Sun. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT).

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