Heather Richardson, author and Creative Writing tutor at The Open University in Ireland, gives a workshop in creative writing at the first East Belfast Arts Festival, which runs from 5-9 September 2012. The Inventing History workshop runs on 10.30-13.30 on Saturday 8 September at the Holywood Arches Library.
This innovative workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in creative writing and local history, and would be particularly useful for those who would like to try their hand at writing historical fiction. Participants use the 1911 census for East Belfast as the starting point for a series of creative writing exercises to re-imagine the lives of the inhabitants of the area. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learnt how to turn fact into fiction, and have gained some useful tips on how to take your research further. No previous experience of creative writing is needed.
The East Belfast Arts Festival brings together the Big Top, visual arts, music, theatre, comedy, literature, film and magic, including a CS Lewis Tour and theatre productions by East Belfast writers. Maurice Kinkead, the festival chair, said “The festival has been in the hearts and minds of many people over the last number of years. It will certainly come to life when Van Morrison headlines the festival on Saturday night in Aircraft Park.”
Heather’s first novel, Magdeburg (Lagan Press, 2010), is set during the Thirty Years’ War.
To book tickets, visit the East Belfast Arts Festival website.