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Workshop: Research & Fieldwork with Mirandi Riwoe

7 August 2022 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The thought of writing historical fiction can be daunting. Writers might have a great idea for a historical novel but find the necessary research and its interpretation into fiction a little overwhelming.

In this workshop, Mirandi Riwoe will discuss research methods and the writing processes involved in writing a historical novel. The workshop will include writing activities designed to help you get started or continue on with your own historical novel. Learn how to find resources, incorporate your research into a work of fiction (without lumping everything you uncover into your narrative), and how to choose between ‘accuracy’ and ‘authenticity’. The workshop will suit people who are at the beginning of their writing project or who are struggling to manage their research process and output.


  • 1.00 – 2.00: Historical fiction; where to research; activity
  • 2.00 – 2.15: Break
  • 2.15 – 3.15: How to use your research in your creative work; interpreting what you find; as inspiration; activities
  • 3.15 – 3.30: Break
  • 3.30 – 4.00: Authenticity vs accuracy; fiction vs history; activities; general tips.
  • 4.00 – 4.30: Q&A

This workshop will not be recorded.

About Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the ARA Historical Novel Prize and the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her latest work is The Burnished Sun, a collection of short stories and novellas. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT).

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