Wednesday 2 February – Sunday 6 February, 2022
The History Quill will host a five day virtual convention for historical fiction writers on 2–6 February, 2022. Our concept is based on the idea of enabling you to build your own convention, thus creating an experience tailored to your particular interests. Each of the five days has a theme, and you can attend for all five days or only one day, or anything in between, depending on where your interests lie.
There will be multiple events on each day, all of them matching the theme of the day. These will include expert presentations, panel discussions, guest Q&As, social and networking opportunities, discussion rooms, workshops, critique sessions, and more. There will also be special one-to-one sessions with editors, agents, historians, and others that can be booked as add-ons. We will announce the full agenda, including speakers and topics, when we open for bookings in December.
Read on for details of the themes for each day and an FAQ section.
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DAY ONE (2 February) – THE FUTURE OF HISTORICAL FICTION
We will kick off our convention with a day dedicated to discussing and predicting the future of historical fiction, exploring how we can navigate the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead. The day will cover how technology will impact writing, publishing, and selling books, emerging trends in the industry, discussions around diversity and representation, and the changes you want to see as we try and shape the future before us.
DAY TWO (3 February) – BOOK MARKETING IN HISTORICAL FICTION
Publication isn’t the end of your writing journey. Now more than ever, whether you are traditionally published or self-publishing, you will need to take a hands-on approach to marketing your own books. Day two is dedicated to helping historical fiction writers make a success of book marketing, giving you the knowledge, tools, and resources to build your audience, attract readers to your books, and build a thriving career as an author.
DAY THREE (4 February) – PUBLISHING AND GETTING PUBLISHED
Day three will focus on publishing and getting published in historical fiction. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different publishing options – including traditional publishing, hybrid, and self-publishing – we will find out what publishers are looking for in 2022, and we will unlock the secrets of how to land an agent and get a publishing deal.
DAY FOUR (5 February) – THE CRAFT OF HISTORICAL FICTION
Drawing on the knowledge of our editors, experts, and successful historical fiction authors, day four will explore what it takes to write great historical fiction. We will cover topics specific to historical fiction, the broader craft challenges faced by writers, and particular historical fiction subgenres. No matter what stage you’re at in your writing journey, day four is about helping you to become the best writer you can be.
DAY FIVE (6 February) – HISTORY AND RESEARCH
History and research are at the heart of historical fiction, yet the relationship is sometimes uneasy, as writers must grapple with the challenges of maintaining historical accuracy even when the story is pulling them in the other direction. Day five will tackle the tensions inherent in translating history into fiction, help you to improve your research skills, and dive into a range of historical periods.
Frequently asked questions
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Which countries will you accept bookings from?
We welcome bookings from people who are resident in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (excluding Saskatchewan), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and any EU country. If you are not resident in one of these countries, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your business at this time.
Please note the stipulation about time zones below.
Will you accommodate different time zones?
We will organise the convention schedule to align well with North American and European time zones. Most events will take place at times of the day that are suitable for both North American and European participants. A small number of events will take place either in the early morning in North America or the late evening in Europe, but these will either be duplicated at other times of the day or recorded for you to watch later.
If you are outside North America and Europe, you can still participate, but the convention may not align well with your local time zone. However, most of the convention will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
Will the convention be recorded?
Yes, the vast majority of the convention will be recorded and available for viewing for up to four weeks afterwards for free. We aim to also provide lifetime access as an optional extra.
The only events not recorded will be one-to-one sessions, interactive critiquing workshops, and discussion rooms, as these are focused almost entirely on live participation. All other types of event will be recorded.
Who will speak at the convention? What will the agenda be?
We are currently preparing the agenda and inviting speakers. We will publish the full agenda when we open for bookings.
When will you open for bookings?
What does 'build your own convention' mean?
It means you can decide which theme days you want to attend and which you don’t. This will allow you to build an experience tailored to your interests. You can attend all five days, just one day, or anything in between.
What if I can't attend some of the days but still want to have access to the events?
No problem! If you want to attend but are unable to join us live for some or all of the days, you can watch the recordings at your convenience instead.
How much will the convention cost?
We will confirm the price when we open for bookings in December. You will be able to book all five days, just one day, or anything in between, and the price will be aligned with this structure, with discounts rising in line with the number of days booked.