Why not try writing non-fiction?
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Helen Barrell had written vast heaps of unpublished fiction and poetry over the years, but it was a chance find in a parish register that led her to becoming a published author – in non-fiction.
In this session, Helen will explain how a background in writing fiction and poetry might mean you also have the tools to get into print as a non-fiction author.
Helen Barrell is an alumna of the University of Birmingham’s English Department, and works in the University’s library. She is the author of Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, published in June 2016 by Pen & Sword. Her second book, Fatal Evidence: Professor Alfred Swaine Taylor and the Dawn of Forensic Science, is out next year. She has written articles for Fortean Times and Family Tree magazines, and is a guest blogger for genealogy website Findmypast. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Punt PI. She is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, and is working on a novel about a Victorian detective.