On Saturday 9th August on Track C, Session 1, Egyptologist and author, Catherine Campbell will teach delegates to ‘walk like an Egyptian’ in her workshop Romancing the Nile.
You don’t have to be writing Historical Romance to have a touch of Egyptian Romance, Magic or Mystique in your books. Egyptologist and Author Cathy Campbell will show you how to research and be inspired by all things Egyptian no matter what genre you’re writing. In this workshop you will learn how to distinguish fact from fantasy when doing research into Ancient Egypt, create an authentic Egyptian setting and workshop an Egyptian inspired story.
Participants will learn:
1. How to research ancient Egypt effectively and quickly
2. An overview of the key interesting elements of Egyptian history and culture that you need to know to build an authentic background for your story
3. The top myths about ancient Egypt that aren’t true
4. Workshop exploring Egyptian inspired story ideas
Adjunct Lecturer, Egyptologist and author of erotic (ancient historical) romance.
Egyptologist, Adjunct Lecturer, Tour Leader, Consultant and Author, Cathy Campbell, has an MA in Egyptology, has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Macquarie University for over ten years, regularly takes tours to Egypt for Academy Travel (or did until the revolution) and writes historical erotic romance, contemporary romance, romantic fantasy, romantic suspense and historical romance. Most of her stories feature some aspect of Ancient or Modern Egypt. http://www.catherineccampbell.com
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I have an MA in Egyptology and have been an Adjunct lecturer for over ten years at Macquarie University and a Tour leader for Academy Travel since 2005. I have also presented workshops on Egypt for Kuringai College of Art and Sydney University Adult Education Program.
It was an impulse really. I was musing on the fact that while people generally love Egypt and all things Egyptian: think of Tutankhamun, Cleopatra, the Scorpion King and Isis – very few people write about Egypt effectively as a setting or use Egyptian material well in fiction stories. Personally I’m really inspired by Ancient Egypt and most of my stories have something Egyptian in them. There is a lot of myth and fantasy out there masquerading as fact about Ancient Egypt. But there is a huge amount of authentic material available to inspire stories across all genres. I thought it would be fun to share some this with others and get them excited about the romance of Egypt.
What will participants take away from this session?
I want participants to come away with both the kernel of an Egyptian inspired story and enough knowledge to be able to research and build the background effectively for the story. I’d like to encourage authentic research and debunk the most popular myths in favour of some of the gems of real historical truth. That doesn’t mean I’m against the use of New Age Egyptian Mythology if a story calls for it, but I’d encourage writers to know the difference between the two.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Yes, I’ll talk a bit, share some content and materials, but I want the participants to workshop story ideas in this session. I want them to leave all fired up by a story idea with an Egyptian element.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
Anyone who wants to know more about Egypt and or wants to workshop a story idea.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
I’m currently working on a series of sexy romances set in an Egyptian Lotus House, during the Pyramid Age.