ONLINE 5-session Short Course: Historical Research for Creative Writers

with Betty Hagglund and Rhiannon Grant

Tuesdays, 7-8.30pm, live teaching via Zoom

Fortnightly, starting 9 February 2021, then 23 February, 9 & 23 March and Tuesday 6 April 2021

[Zoom meeting invite to be sent after ticket confirmation, no later than 1 week before the start of the course]

Over 5 fortnightly sessions, learn how to conduct historical research to enhance your creative writing. These live, interactive online classes will teach you skills and give you tips to allow you to undertake your own research, using both online tools and resources, and traditional research venues such as libraries and archives.

With a small group of up to 14 students, the course tutors will create a friendly atmosphere to enable collaborative working using Zoom to meet, learn and discuss.

During the gaps between the meetings, participants will be set short research tasks to hone their skills.

No prior writing experience or knowledge of historical research is necessary.


Betty Hagglund is a historian and author of Tourists and Travellers: women’s writing about Scotland 1770-1830 (Channel View. 2010), Epic Treks (Kingfisher 2011), The Illustrated Atlas of Exploration (Weldon Owen, 2011) and many magazine and journal articles. She has also edited seven volumes of nineteenth-century women’s travel writing. She has lots of experience of teaching people to do and enjoy research.

Rhiannon Grant is a writer, researcher and poet based in Birmingham. Her historical fiction explores under-researched periods of time to create space for LBGTQ+ stories and her non-fiction work is on theology and philosophy. Her first novel, Between Boat and Shore is set in Neolithic Orkney and was published by Manifold in 2019. Her next project explores fifth-century Wales, just after the end of Roman rule. Her most recent book is Quakers Do What! Why? (Christian Alternative, 2020)

Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you do not complete the course. No partial course ticket is available.

Online and in-person Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

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09 Feb 2021