We love to organise historical fiction events. Many of our members travel thousands of miles to attend.

Historical fiction conferencesHistorical fiction events - HNS Oxford 2018 Conference

There are writing conferences. And history conferences. But we combine the two in our Historical Novel Society Conferences, open to historical fiction readers and writers.

These unique events take place in the UK, USA and Australia. The UK and USA conferences happen on alternate years.

It’s a friendly, informal get-together, with many of our delegates making life-long connections. The packed programme can include seminars on publishing, different eras, key note speakers and one-to-ones with agents.

Past speakers include: Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier, Ben Kane and Alison Weir.

Non-members can attend. However members get early bird notification and discounts. Check out Why join the Historical Novel Society? to find out what’s on offer.

HNS North America Conference 2023
HNS UK Conference 2024
  • Dates and location: Dartington, Devon 6 – 8 September 2024
  • Dartington Hall

Local chaptersHistorical fiction events - Arizona local chapter meet-up

Curious about historical fiction events near you? There may be an HNS Chapter meeting close by.

These local groups have been set up by enthusiastic Historical Novel Society members. They are locally initiated and run, with very little central supervision. Find out more in local chapters.

From round table discussions to presentations, readings to feedback sessions, they’re a wonderful way to meet other authors and readers.

We’ve many groups across the world including USA and Ireland. Please take a look at HNS Chapter meetings list.

Historical Fiction MasterclassHistorical Fiction Masterclass

Do you want to finish your novel and get ready for publication? Check out our six-month online programme for historical fiction writers.

It includes:

  • online lessons
  • supportive feedback
  • advice from top industry experts

This course helps writers of historical fiction take their writing to the next level.

With published authors and experienced tutors delivering the programme, our specialist course is one of a kind.

Find out more, including the next intake date, in Historical Fiction Masterclass.