Thursday 6 October 6:30 pm - Thursday 3 November 8.30pm

Do you love heritage and history? Are you a budding historical fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you.

Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering everything from choosing your story, location, genre and time period to research, narrative structure, characterisation, dialogue this course will explore all aspects of creating authentic historical fiction. Key contemporary practitioners will be studied and discussed and exercises set.

Ongoing work will be discussed and critiqued in a collaborative, encouraging environment, and ultimately the course will build into an essential toolkit for crafting historical fiction.

The course will be taught and facilitated by Fiona Mountain who is an award-winning, acclaimed historical novelist with books published all over the world.

This course takes place on Zoom on Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30 pm – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th   October, 3rd November.

About the Tutor

Fiona has written six novels, which have been published around the world, including America, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Japan and Thailand. Fiona’s first novel, Isabella tells the haunting love story of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian and his cousin, Isabella Curwen and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. It was followed with Pale as the Dead and Bloodline, which combine history with mystery and feature ‘ancestor detective’, Natasha Blake. Bloodline is the winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It’s also been optioned by Leonard Goldberg, (producer of TV classics such as Charlie’s Angels and Starsky and Hutch). Fiona grew up in Sheffield and moved to London aged eighteen where she worked for the BBC, in the press office for Radio 1. She lives in the Cotswolds with her family.


We are offering two bursary places for this course, which are available by application only (to and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need not writing ability. You can find out about how to apply for a bursary, here.

We can accommodate free tickets for carers or personal assistants if needed. Please email us on after booking to let us know if you would like to book one of these tickets.