The internet-based group, which already boasts around 100 members is aimed at writers of historical fiction and non-fiction. Agents, editors and publishers have also already joined including Charlie Viney, Jane Judd, Broo Doherty and Bill Hamilton plus David Headley, m.d. of Goldsboro Books.
Scott said: “I used to be a member of the CWA-an extraordinary resource as an up-and-coming author, enormously useful. I’ve been writing historical fiction for nearly a decade, and I realised there wasn’t anything [for us]. Crime writing is the big brother of all the genres. I wanted to create something to be a forum [for] writers of historical fiction and non-fiction to get together.”
The HWA will hold a literary festival in conjuction with Kelmarsh Hall’s annual Festival of History, 16th-17th July, and Scott is also looking for sponsorship for prizes next year. She is also intending to hold a HWA Christmas party.
A temporary page for the website, which will be a “home on the web for historical writing” with a forum, blogs and links, is currently at http://www.thehwa.co.uk/. Membership costs £75 a year, £80 for those paying by cheque or Paypal.
Scott added: “We welcome published authors, their agents, editors, publicists - and booksellers - all and any who have a passion for history. I'll feel we've succeeded if history as a genre grows to match crime writing in the eyes of publishers, booksellers and, most importantly, the book-buying public.”