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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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In this day school we’ll consider the management of time, whether relating to the period in which the story is set or the framing of the narrative. We’ll discuss the importance of tense and time frame as well as how jumps in time can be managed. We’ll also consider the challenges posed by setting a story in the historical past and how we might address them. Our intention is that you will leave feeling more confident about handling time in your writing and also more competent to address the challenges unique to the production of historical fiction.

Classes are relaxed but focused. The atmosphere is supportive and designed to build confidence and develop skills through a combination of reading, discussions and practical exercises.

This is one of a series of six one-day courses which may be taken individually or in combination with others. It is designed to equip writers with the skills and knowledge essential to producing successful novels and short stories. All courses in the series are suitable both for beginners and those with some experience, addressing the nuts and bolts of fiction and the development of individual voice and vision.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

14 Nov 2020

Course duration

1 Day

Apply by

09 Nov 2020

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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