Saturday, 19 January, 2019 - 10:00

Always wanted to write a novel but not sure where to start? Put your New Year’s Resolution into action, by starting 2019 with historical crime fiction writer E.S. Thomson for a unique creative writing workshop. In this 3 hour session, you will use real historical material from one of the oldest medical collections in the UK. Images, documents, books, artefacts selected by E.S. Thomson and the College Archivists, will be your inspiration.

There will be an informal talk about using archive material for writing fiction before participants create a work of their own. Images and documents will be used to encourage writers to engage with real period detail – how was language used, what procedures were current, and what were the circumstances of the medical world?

E.S. Thomson is the author of the Jem Flockhart medical history crime series, 'Beloved Poison', 'Dark Asylum' and 'The Blood'. Her work has been shortlisted for the Saltire Prize, the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award and the Crime Writers Historical Dagger Award.

This event is now fully booked. We will be running more sessions of this creative writing event in 2019, if you would like to be added to our heritage events mailing list to be kept up-to-date on future events please email (by subscribing to this mailing list you will only be updated on history of medicine events at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and your email address will not be passed on to any other individuals or groups or used for any other purpose).