WYFH Module Two

Writing Your Family History – Module Two

£125.00

You must have completed module one to take module two.

Tutor: Gill Blanchard
Author and Professional Family Historian
MA. Biography and Creative Non Fiction (UEA)
Length: 10 Weeks
Start: Saturday, 24 February 2018

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You must have completed module one to take module two.

Tutor: Gill Blanchard
Author and Professional Family Historian
MA. Biography and Creative Non Fiction (UEA)

Module Two: 10 Weeks
Start: Saturday, 24 February 2018

This is a practical writing course spread over a ten week period. It is only available to those who have completed Writing Your Family History Module One. It focuses on developing craft, style and technique through writing exercises, discussions, workshopping and feedback. Students will work on a specific aspect of their family in depth.

The tutor will provide personalised and in-depth feedback on students writing throughout the course. The background reading and writing exercises will guide students in determining structure, building character and creating an authentic sense of time and place.

Each of the five fortnightly lessons includes writing exercises, online discussions and critiques of written work. There are two weeks between each set of course materials to allow time for reading, writing and feedback. There will be regular live discussions with the tutor and other students. A dedicated learning hub can be used throughout the course by students to share work, ask questions and post news. As soon as you sign up you will receive a general guide to writing your family history, a reading list of useful books and a list of places to find records.

Week One: Introducing your project

  • Who, what, where and when?
  • Structure.
  • The ‘hook’ – create impact at every stage.
  • Selected readings and discussions.
  • Writing exercises and feedback.

Week Two: Using Archival resources to contextualise a family history

  • What, where and how to use archival material in non fiction writing.
  • Selected readings and discussions.
  • Writing exercises and feedback.

Workshop Three: Bringing your subject to life

  • Effective techniques for developing characters.
  • Selected readings and discussions.
  • Writing exercises and feedback.

Workshop Four: Time and place

  • Develop techniques for historical reconstruction.
  • Selected readings and discussions.
  • Writing exercises and feedback.

Week Five: Finishing off

  • Selected readings and discussions.
  • Being print ready – style guides, editing and proofreading.
  • Review.
  • Publish and be damned!