Tips for history writers, from the authors on the Wolfson History Prize shortlist. I found "footstepping" — following the traces and journeys of my subject — to be immensely helpful. I followed Chaucer to a small town in Navarre, for instance, and stayed in the place where his safe-conduct was issued in ; I also retraced his journeys around Lombardy and Tuscany and tried to see what he saw and go to the churches and libraries that he visited. For me, exploring about the past is multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory. I think about what people looked at and heard, about the kinds of buildings and rooms they lived and worked in, what they read at school, where their bread was baked, what they wore.
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This course has now passed — but we update our programme all the time. For information on our full range of classes, sign up to the Guardian Masterclasses newsletter , follow us on Twitter , or keep an eye on our calendar. Non-fiction is a great way to share your expertise and research with the world. This interactive class with bestselling author and BBC broadcaster Tessa Dunlop is ideal for anyone who wants to write a book based on family genealogy, local history or a particular field of historical research. Tessa Dunlop is an author, broadcaster and historian. She tweets Tessadunlop. Terms and conditions can be found here.
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Don't know where to start on your historical fiction novel? I love historical fiction. For me, contemporary fiction could never be as captivating as stories where differences were resolved by chopping off heads.
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