Discovering the Vikings


March 28th, 2023 6:00 PM — March 28th, 2023 7:30 PM



March 28th, 2023 6:00 PM — March 28th, 2023 7:30 PM


Join speculative fiction author and academic Lisa L. Hannett to craft wondrous and well-informed tales about Vikings and the early medieval world. *This event will now be delivered via Zoom and recorded*

When we think of Vikings, several familiar images spring to mind: fearless, axe-wielding warriors; sleek longships sailing to distant shores; helmets (often horned) crowning blond heads; relentless raiding and plundering. As bold as they are brutal, these Vikings stir the imagination, inspiring awe and fear in equal measure. They are the stuff of legend. But what were Vikings really like? Not just Valhalla-seeking warriors but the proud women, rich farmers, poor slaves, and clever children? How did these people live, travel, and tell tales?

In this session, Lisa Hannett will share her knowledge on all things Vikings and explore how fiction and non-fiction writers alike can draw on history, myths, sagas and archaeological finds to weave wondrous and well-informed stories about Vikings and their early medieval world.


Participants will learn about:

  • Viking Age life: fact and fiction
  • Tips for fiction and creative nonfiction writing
  • Where to research early medieval people and places
  • Weaving myth and legend to form more authentic narratives


Suitable for writers at all levels of experience, especially those interested in medieval, historical, time travel and fantasy.


About Lisa L. Hannett

Lisa L. Hannett is a Canadian-Australian writer and academic. She has had over 75 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, Apex, The Dark and in Year’s Best anthologies in Australia, Canada and the US. She has won four Aurealis Awards, an Australian National Science Fiction Award, an Australian Shadows Award, and her first collection was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her newest book, Viking Women: Life and Lore, is out in February 2023.

*This event will be delivered via Zoom and will be recorded for registered participants who can't make it on the night.

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