17. March 2020 - 13:30 till 16:30
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Putting the Story into History - Writing Historical Fiction with Joanna Courtney | Strutt's North Mill Museum | Tuesday, 17. March 2020

A half-day LoveLit writing workshop for adults with Joanna Courtney, part of the writing ambitions workshop programme presented by Arts Derbyshire in partnership with.Strutt's North Mill Museum.
In this 3-hour masterclass, widely published historical novelist Joanna Courtney will take you through all the basics of writing vivid, believable and engaging historical fiction. In an active, practical and fun session she will guide you through three key areas:

turning timelines into plotlines
creating of-their-time characters
putting them in their era naturally and believably

With work on the essentials of research, plotting and voice, this is the class for anyone who wants to put the story into history.
Please note this event is suitable for ages 18 plus.
Joanna writes historical novels including the Queens of Conquest series. She is currently working on her new series Shakespeare's Queens, the first of which to be published is 'Blood Queen'  She has also published a contemporary novel 'Bonnie and Stan' under the pen name Anna Stuart. Joanna studied English literature at University, specialising in medieval literature and lectures in creative writing for the Open University.
Booking essential, book early to avoid disappointment. Please bring along your favourite writing implement and paper.
Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
To contact Strutt's North Mill Museum please telephone 01773 880474 (Weds-Sun 11am-4pm)
.To contact LoveLit please email lovelitderbyshire@hotmail.com
This is a partnership event run by LoveLit (Arts Derbyshire) http://www.madeinderbyshire.org/members/lovelit-alfreton-derbyshire and The Belper North Mill Trust at Strutt’s North Mill https://www.belpernorthmill.org.uk/ 
 How to find us
We are situated by the River Derwent close to Belper River Gardens at Bridgefoot, Belper.
By Car – Belper is on the A6 between Derby and Matlock. Free Parking is available around the mill.
By Bus – Trent Barton ‘Sixes’ service and the Transpeak bus services run to Belper. The 6.1 between Derby and Bakewell drops you almost at the mill door.
By Train – Belper is served by trains running between Newark, Nottingham, Derby and Matlock. The Station is a short walk (0.4 miles) from the North Mill Museum. From the station, walk down Field Lane towards Bridge Street. From there, turn right and you will see the East Mill. We are located behind it. Derby is well served by the national rail network. East Midlands Trains operate hourly services from Nottingham and Derby along the Derwent Valley Line to Matlock, which includes Belper.
We welcome all visitors and will do our best to accommodate individuals and groups with accessibility issues. We have WiFi, a wheelchair accessible toilet, drop off point at the entrance to the museum and level, accessible parking with a level accessible entrance. The threshold into the museum is also level and we have a dropped counter at reception.
Due to the building being Grade 1 listed, some areas are less well lit than others. The building’s first floor is level by ramps and dropped kerbs.