July 1 – July 30, 2024

Regency London: From St. Giles to St. James and Everywhere in Between

WITH Louisa Cornell
An image of a regency area town

Class Description

Whilst many Regency fiction novels set in England’s capital take place in and around the aristocratic confines of Mayfair, there are a multitude of communities, conclaves, and neighborhoods within and just outside of Town that make up the incredible living, breathing creature we call London.

This class will endeavor to introduce attendees to the depth and breadth of London from the wealthiest neighborhoods to the most impoverished. If one is searching for a setting for one’s barrister’s office, one’s brothel keeper’s establishment, a moderately priced hotel or a discreet residence in which to keep a mistress this class is designed to acquaint writers with period correct addresses and with the flavor of each area for any occasion.

This class will cover ethnic communities, criminal neighborhoods, business streets, government offices, and streets housing pampered courtesans, London’s professionals, the newly wealthy, the up-and-coming middle class, the down-on-their-luck, and the various levels of the aristocracy. Everything from where people ate to where people shopped to where people played to where people lived and died varied according to their class, circumstances of birth, finances, race, and desires.

This class hopes to provide attendees with ideas for settings within the environs in and around London with an eye to period accuracy and choices beyond those found in many Regency-set novels today. One does not have to leave London to find a new, exotic, and different location for a hero or heroine’s adventures. London during the Regency was an entire adventurous world unto itself.

Louisa Cornell

About the Instructor

Louisa has been employed as everything from a veterinary technician to a bakery manager to night manager at a funeral home. Her education background includes a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Judson College, a Master of Musical Arts and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Opera Performance and Music History from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a year’s fellowship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

After retiring from a European career as an opera singer Louisa returned to her first love, writing Regency romance. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, three-time Daphne du Maurier® winner, and four-time Royal Ascot winner—she is a member of RWA®, Southern Magic RWA, and Regency Fiction Writers. She is both indie-published and published by Scarsdale Publishing. Her first published work, the novella A Perfectly Dreadful Christmas, won the 2015 Holt Medallion®. Her novel A Study in Passion won the historical romance mid-length category of RWA®’s 2021 Vivian Award. Her 26th book A Pearl Seduced will be published in August, 2024. Her first contemporary romance Cajun in a Kilt will be published in December, 2024.

Louisa has taught workshops for the Academe and has presented multiple workshops for Regency Fiction Writers Annual Conferences. She has also taught writing craft workshops for RWA chapters, her local library, and RWA®’s Pen-2-Paper program.

Her hobbies include collecting Regency research books, studying the history of Gothic romance, creating Regency hats, and playing doorman and maid to a herd of small, yappy dogs. She visits the UK as often as she can! Visit the instructor’s website at https://www.facebook.com/RegencyWriterLouisaCornell or http://numberonelondon.net/

Class Delivery

Class Format


Written Lectures: MANY
Pictures: SOME

Class Fees

$40 for RFW members
$55 for non-members

Scholarships are available for members

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