Overview

The Historical Novel Society Conference in Durham, 2- 4 September 2022

Wish you could connect with other historical fiction fans? Ask how to get published? Or how much research to do? Every two years, members and non-members of the Historical Novel Society get together to chat and learn about all things historical fiction.

What happens at a typical conference?

Whether you're interested in ebook distribution and promotion, self-publishing, tips on writing your novel or just want to see your favourite authors, our sessions deliver.

You hear from established authors, publishing industry professionals, and agents in workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches.

For all the details, just take a look at our Programme.

Do you have to be a published author to attend?

No, not at all! We welcome readers, and authors who are mainstream published, indie or aspiring.

Where exactly is the conference happening?

The conference sessions will take place in the superb facilities of the Calman Learning Centre at Durham University.

Delegates who opt for the full accommodation package will stay at Hatfield College, founded in 1846.

The conference starts with dinner on the Friday evening. From 9am - 4.15pm Saturday and 9.30am - 5.30pm Sunday you are invited to enjoy workshops, panels and keynote speakers by enthusiastic experts in historical fiction.

For how to get to Durham, take a look at our Location section.

What else will be happening?

Between the set sessions, there will be time to chat and also book signings.

Where do the excursions go from?

The optional Friday and Saturday excursions will start and finish at the university. Don't worry, you'll receive all the relevant information in your welcome pack.

I'm thinking about coming by myself, but am a little nervous. Does everyone already know each other?

No, lots of delegates come by themselves. We know it can be daunting, but we promise we're a welcoming bunch. Just introduce yourself and then ask "What period are you writing about?"

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for people to meet up with our 'conference buddies' made in previous years in real-life. But we love meeting new people too!

Do I have to attend every session?

No, this isn't school. Authors are often introverts, so if you need to take time out, that's absolutely fine.

For a change of scene, you can wander around Durham peninsula's charming streets, walk along the River Wear or visit Durham Cathedral.

How can I ask another question about the conference?

Just tag @histnovsoc in a Tweet or ask your question as a response to the pinned conference post at the top of our Facebook page.

What past delegates say

"I went to the 2016 HNS Conference in Oxford not knowing a soul. I made some great connections there, and was recruited as a HNS social media 'elf' in the pub!

At Glasgow in 2018 I met up with past conference friends and peers I'd met online. There were some great sessions including how to historically ride a horse, how 16th century Scottish women dressed and how to promote a book from a Sunday Times bestseller Ben Kane.

The conference is such a fantastic atmosphere. At other writing conferences, the question is "what are you writing?" as in genre. At a HNS conference, you can be more niche. Do come and say hello in Durham! I'm happy to answer any questions through @reynoldsauthor on Twitter too."

- H.J. Reynolds, HNS volunteer social media manager