Finding Fiction in Your Family Tree

This one-day workshop does two things. It combines family history with an exploration of the basic elements of fiction writing. Recently I’ve been conducting my own family history research, and I discovered some facts and anecdotes which inspired my writing. Now I’d like to share this connection with others who are looking for a way into being creative.

        If possible, participants should come prepared with their own piece of family history, which they'll use as a way to plan and start a piece of fiction, and complete a short fiction task. The whole workshop will be collaborative and participants can expect to discuss, plan and draft together during a series of creative tasks, including:

    fiction v non-fiction

    fiction's basic elements

    ways in which family history can develop into fiction ideas  

    ways to begin: how to choose the right structure/format

    voice & tone

    the purpose of the fiction   


         This could be that perfect Christmas gift for someone who’s looking for ways into their own writing. Book early, as spaces are limited, and as an added bonus, participants will also receive a free PDF copy of my family history book ‘Grandad’s War’, which will be released in January 2024. 


The English Language Drama Group, Maastricht

Venue - Annie Schmidt Studio, Herbenusstraat 89, Maastricht. Thursdays 7:30-9.30 pm

Cost - 10 euros per session


Starting out as the 'Just Us Girls' drama course, we have branched out into a fully-fledged drama group. It's now a mixed group, open to men and women alike, which aims to encourage its members to explore all aspects of drama, both improvisatory and scripted. As well as building creativity and expression through drama, the group is a fun way to become more confident and make new friends.