Researching and Writing Historical Fiction w/ Rebecca Stott

Researching and Writing Historical Fiction w/ Rebecca Stott

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*This is a LIVE interview with Rebecca Stott. Attendees will be sent a recording following the interview.*

About this event

How can we use research to create compelling historical fiction?

How can we invite our deepest curiosities to our writing?

For her most recent novel, Dark Earth, author Rebecca Stott spent five years researching what life was like in 500 AD on the bank of the River Thames. From working with a blacksmith to attending archaeological digs, Stott immersed herself in history to become closer to the world of her story.

Join us for a conversation with Rebecca Stott about writing compelling books across many genres, incorporating research into storytelling, and how curiosity fuels her writing.

We’ll also explore:

  • Rebecca’s journey as a writer and teacher
  • How to follow your obsessions and write about what interests you
  • Rebecca’s writing routines and creative exercises
  • Her process of writing, editing, and researching Dark Earth
  • Her experience of writing her memoir In the Days of Rain, winner of The 2017 Costa Biography Award

About Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott is the author of fifteen books, including works of literary criticism, fiction, and nonfiction. Her nonfiction books include Darwin and the Barnacle (Faber, 2003), Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists (Bloomsbury, 2012), and Oyster in Reaktion’s Animal series (2003). Her first novel, the historical thriller Ghostwalk (2007), was a New York Times bestseller, translated into fourteen languages and shortlisted for several prizes, including the Society of Authors First Novel Award. Her second novel, the historical novel The Coral Thief (2012), was a BBC Book at Bedtime. Her memoir, In the Days of Rain (2017), won the Costa Biography Prize. Her third novel, Dark Earth, set in the sixth century, is published in the UK with Fourth Estate and in the US with Penguin Random House.

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Parul Bavishi and Matt Trinetti are the co-founders of the London Writers' Salon and the creators of the webby-nominated Writers' Hour where they write with hundreds of writers every week day. The Salon has partnered with organisations like The London Book Fair, Soho House, Allbright and Women's Prize for Fiction to host interviews and workshops for writers. They are the hosts of the London Writers' Salon podcast.

Parul Bavishi has been an editor for over a decade. In addition to running LWS she helps thriller, YA and non-fiction writers level up their craft and get published. She writes and edits for the Story Grid. She has worked as an editor and literary scout at Random House, Quercus & Eccles Fisher. She analyses TV hit shows (Killing Eve, Ozark, Game of Thrones) on the Story Grid Showrunners Podcast.

Matt Trinetti is a writer, publisher, TEDx speaker, and facilitator. In addition to running LWS, Matt designs programs to help unfulfilled professionals pursue creative work, start businesses, and reinvent their careers. Matt's work has appeared in Quartz, Observer, Creative Mornings, and on his blog GiveLiveExplore.

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