We’re delighted to be adding another workshop to our range of writing. Our historical novel writing workshop is for beginners to this style of writing or for those who are just thinking about trying their hand at it. It would be a good idea to come to the workshop with a particular period in mind for your novel, and to have done a bit of research beforehand (maybe think about the food, clothing, events of chosen era, etc).

You also can bring any notes you’ve made with you. Guidance will be given on how to use your research. We’ve also our new poetry writing workshop for beginners and keen poets who are keen to learn more about how to compose your own verse.

Historical Novel Writing With Gaynor and Suzanne on 5 June*


Gaynor-Davies-Womans-Weekly10am Meet and greet, with tea and coffee
10.30am What makes historical fiction different from the rest?
10.45am Taking control of your plot: openings; pace; subplots; patterns and mirrors; flashbacks
11.30am Tea and coffee
11.45am Taking control of your plot – continued. EXERCISE: Write the opening para of your novel
1pm Lunch*
2pm What makes a character?; whose story is it?; the emotional stakes. EXERCISE: Create a character for your novel
3pm Tea and coffee
3.15pm Let your character speak; writing realistic dialogue; types of speech; EXERCISE: Give your character a voice
4.15pm Q&A
4.30pm Workshop ends

How To Book


Get your tickets by calling 0800 024 1212 or fill in the booking form on the website. Click here and complete our coupon and send it to: Woman’s Weekly Marketing, Blue Fin Building, Room 06-N2-02, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Please enclose a cheque made payable to Woman’s Weekly Shop (no cash, please).

Terms and conditions


Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Woman’s Weekly has the right to change the itinerary of the day. Please note, tickets to these events are non-refundable, unless an event is cancelled or postponed. A guest-list policy will be in operation at the events. Shortly after purchasing tickets, you will receive confirmation: this is your ticket to the event, so please retain it for future reference. The workshops will be held at our offices: Time Inc. (UK), Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. *We do not include lunch, but there is a great staff canteen, or feel free to bring your own, there are also food outlets close to the office. Please bring pen and paper with you and feel free to bring a tablet or laptop.

*An additional historical novel writing workshop will be made available on 15 June once all the places on 5 June have sold out.