I'm a huge fan of the conferences hosted by The Historical Novel Society. The next is taking place in London over the weekend of Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September on the campus of the University of Westminster.
These conferences which alternate yearly between the UK and the States draw the creme de la creme of top international writers who are experts in their specific era of historical writing.
Guests of honour this year include Elizabeth Chadwick, author of 20+ historical novels and winner of a Betty Trask Award. Con Iggulden, one of today';s most successful authors of historical fiction. Jerome de Groot, expert in contemporary historical fiction and Kate Forsyth, one of Australia's favourite novelists and award winning author of more than 20 titles.
Conference sessions include BOOK VIDEO TRAILERS - How to make Attention-Grabbing book trailers; THE PERILS AND PITFALLS OF WRITING 20th CENTURY HISTORY - Advice & Top Tips; FIGURES OF SPEECH - Recreating Past Voices - Methods and Approaches; RESEARCH RAPTURE - Making the Most of Your research Hours.
Also in attendance are booksellers, agents, publishers and a cross section of journalists. One of the most popular sessions are the pitches to agents, when aspiring writers can pitch their work to an agent of their choice.