Here’s an online event that may be of interest to readers of this site, a creative writing workshop inspired by Samuel Pepys’s diary. One of those leading the workshop is Kate Loveman, author of Samuel Pepys and His Books.

Rather than paraphrase, here’s the press release with all the details:

An event for creative writers of all levels, inspired by Samuel Pepys’s diary

Samuel Pepys’s diary is a great source for creative writers. In detailing the events of the 1660s, Pepys offers glimpses of the lives of female servants, enslaved Black people, and other Londoners whose lives barely appear in more conventional historical records.

This workshop will introduce you to some of the latest research on the ‘unwritten lives’ in Pepys’s fascinating diary. 

At the event, you’ll be invited to workshop excerpts from the diary into short creative fictions, discussing ideas for this with other participants. We’ll consider some of the challenges for fiction writers in portraying figures who did not, or could not, record their own lives.

The workshop will be led by author Yvonne Battle-Felton and researcher Kate Loveman. Yvonne’s historical novel, Remembered, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019. Kate has published on Pepys’s diary, including an edition of it for Everyman.

If you participate in the workshop, we’ll ask you if you’d like to join an online showcase to present your work.

Workshop date:

Wednesday 25 May, 7-9.30pm online. Register via Eventbrite
Saturday 28 May, 6-8.30pm online. Register via Eventbrite (this event is the same as the first)

You need to be 18 or over to register.

The workshop is part of the Reimagining the Restoration project funded by the AHRC.

Note that the times are UK time.


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