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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.


When we write a story, we are opening a door into a fictional world – a castle in the air. We want that fictional construct to feel real to the reader. We want them to be totally absorbed in the story we have created. But what tools do we need to create such a vivid and believable world? What are our building materials? In a lively and interactive workshop, Kate Forsyth will share some of the secrets learned in her years as an internationally bestselling author. Together Kate and her students will learn about the writer’s toolbox and the key building blocks of narrative, and then they will build a story together. Students will need lots of paper and a pen, plus willingness to play, experiment, talk, laugh, and imagine.