Re-imagine mysterious figures from the past and re-invent and expand on existing stories to create vivid fiction. In this workshop, award-winning writer and poet Michelle Cahill takes participants through the basics of how to research, plan and develop works of historical fiction, exploring how writers can imbricate fiction with political insights, factoids or poetry. The session will include insight into how fictional works breathe new life into the real or imagined past and provide guidance on how to get your work published.  

Michelle’s short story collection Letter to Pessoa won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing and was shortlisted for the 2017 Steele Rudd Award. Her novel Daisy and Woolf was published this year.

Sydney Writers' Festival sponsors one place per workshop for attendees who may not otherwise be able to participate. Please apply via this online form. Applications close Monday 9 May. Those selected will be notified by email from Tuesday 10 May.

Michelle Cahill (Australian)

Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Sydney based writer and poet. Her short story collection Letter to Pessoa won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for New Writing and was shortlisted in the 2017 Steele Rudd Award. Her awards include the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and the Red Room Australian Poetry Fellowship. Her latest novel is Daisy and Woolf.