Certificate in Writing Historical Fiction (unit 2) with Adrienne Chinn

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About this course

Please note that the course fee of £800 (which covers all three units) is payable in advance of study.

This West Dean College Certificate in Historical Fiction Writing is awarded in recognition of the successful completion of all three weekend course units spread across each academic term, self-directed study and the completion of the first 5,000 words of an historical fiction novel.

This second unit will include:
- Creating memorable character
- Understanding and experimenting with point of view
- Crafting effective dialogue
- Understanding the environment (using the Bloomsbury location)
- World-building

Course Description

The tutor has suggested a reading list in preparation for Unit 2, as follows:

  • Katherine - Anya Seton
  • Cold Mountain - Charles Fraser
  • I, Claudius - Robert Graves
  • All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  • The English Patient - Michael Ondatjee
  • Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Your usual writing equipment, notebook and pen, and/or laptop.


11.00 am Morning teaching session starts
1.00 pm Lunch break
2.00pm Afternoon teaching session starts
3.45-4pm Tea break (optional)
5.15pm Classes finish

11.00 am Morning teaching session starts
1.00 pm Lunch break
2.00pm Afternoon teaching session starts
3.45-4pm Tea break (optional)
5.15pm Classes finish

General Information


If you have any specific access needs, we will need to know about your access requirements in advance. Please tell us about your needs in confidence by emailing: [email protected] This venue has steps to the front reception, with limited access via a side gate to the ground floor. There is a small lift to higher floors or stairs.

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Adrienne Chinn - tutor at West Dean College

Adrienne Chinn

Adrienne is a tutor at West Dean, Bloomsbury and Sussex campuses. She has taught interior design courses at West Dean KLC for many years and is also a published author of historical fiction.

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