Local history writing
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW376
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This course uses practical exercises and discussion to get you started on your local history writing. You can also join the course if you want to work on parts of something you are already writing. Local history writing covers a huge range of interests, places and passions. Writing about local history allows you, as the writer, to be creative and an explorer in your local area of choice.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Researching local history.
- Practical tips for telling your story.
- How to write about passions and pasttimes.
- How to write about environment.
- How to present real life characters on the page.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand effective research strategies for writing social history.
- Research and write excerpts from your finished book.
- Understand how to effectively represent characters, environments and topics in your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. Students should have completed a beginners course in creative writing or a related discipline. Ideally, students will already have some potential ideas for local history writing projects.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of group work, workshopping, pair work, extract analysis and formal instruction from the tutor.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Writing materials. Materials relating to your chosen local history topic could be useful as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of non-fiction writing courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website for more information.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Allis is an experienced freelance journalist and broadcaster with a wide range of credits over more than two decades. As well as presenting her own shows on BBC and commercial radio, she is known for partnering Danny Baker on the award-winning Radio 5 Morning Edition breakfast show and Radio 1 weekends. She spent a decade as a newsreader on BBC World Service, was a staff continuity writer-announcer on BBC1 and contributes to programmes such as ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ and ‘Witness’ on Radio 4 and World Service. She worked in Paris for some years as a presenter for Radio France International and as a correspondent for Radio Netherlands Worldwide here in the UK. Most recently Allis has been spotted on Wimbledon Centre Court (at the mic) and in the forecaster’s Tower at the All England Lawn Tennis, where she is the Voice of the world-famous Championships. She is a White Rose Scholar for Leeds University, writing and presenting history for broadcast and press including The New European, Archant News and Time Out Paris. She is the author of the local history book, ‘The Jigsaw Journey’. She has taught at the Global Institute, London Met and University of Southampton Solent.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.