On 5 February, Creative Writing students on the module Writing the Past spent a seminar and workshop with author of historical novels, George Green. George’s novels include Hawk (2006) and Hound (2003), which was described in the Guardian as ‘tightly written, oddly touching and with a strong sense of history as well as myth’. He is also co-author of Writing a Novel and Getting Published for Dummies (2007; 2014).
George gave out a number of tips based on his own experiences as a published writer on matters such as the relationship between historical research and fiction, the role of planning and plotting, and how not to waste time going up too many blind alleys with your story. He then took a number of questions from the class on issues such as theme, setting, and use of foreign languages.
All agreed that it was a useful and thoroughly enjoyable seminar.
The visit was organised by Dr Ian Seed.