Creative fieldwork for passionate young writers.
The team at The Imagining History Programme UK (IHUK) made up of arts educators, professional writer/educators, academic historians, art historians and internet content creators. The idea of IHUK grew out of The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (YWSP) and is based in the philosophy and practice of Arts Council England’s much-missed and highly successful Creative Partnerships programme. The aim of IHUK is to introduce and mentor young writers in the skills and fascinations of Historical Fiction.
The aim of both IHUK and YWSP is to introduce young writers to the limitless world of Historical Fiction. Merging physical exploration with innovative thought journeys in the historical environment, our workshops become a source of new ideas, genuine personal discovery and creative satisfaction for young adult minds.
Our InRealLife programme for the academic year 2019/20 is now on hold because of Covid19.
Imagining History UK workshops in historical places will be back soon, but until then we continue online and in the limitless world of a young writer’s imagination. Check out our project Times Shifting, which ran from May to July this year. We will soon be publishing a special anthology of the amazing writing that came out of Times Shifting. Contact us if you are interested in joining the next version of this project.
Our Just Write! page will get you started on your Adventure in Time Travel. Thinking, writing and imagining games to bring the stories to you, or to help you shape an idea you might already have.
Participants on our workshops have said things like this:
“I was surprised how much I could be influenced by these facts – that I was able to come up with my own story…”
“I had some great ideas about history which I don’t often get. I really wanted to finish my story…“
Why write historical fiction?
…historical fiction is a close relative of history… We write historical fiction, and read it, not to learn about history so much as to live it. It is the closest we can get to experiencing the past without having been there. We finish a history and think “So that’s what happened!”
We finish a work of historical fiction, catch our breath, and think “So that’s what it was like!”
H Scott Dalton What is Historical Fiction?
Increasingly, academic historians are pointing to the value of well-researched and well-written Historical Fiction, as a source both of inspiration for academic study and the development of insight into historical events and processes. Dr Dina Gusejnova, Assistant Professor in International History at the LSE in London, works with us to devise and develop our workshop programme. She writes of our IRL workshops …what you have developed is truly an eye-opening approach to history. The special value of the YWSP workshops consists in the fact that each case is tailored to the particular location and community. She led the development of Times Shifting which carries the ideas of location and community out into the wide world in the middle of a universal and historical time of change.