This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £40 / Conc. £30
Family History raises many questions about who we are and where we have come from. In this short course, you'll look at: how to turn research into narrative; how to write about yourself and others; how to bring events to life; and how to find meaning in the material you have gathered.
Explore our Local History and Family Collection to learn more.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who has researched their family history and wants to learn how to express what they’ve found.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a notebook and pen, or digital equivalent, to take notes.
Are there follow-on courses I can take?
We run a range of creative writing classes, including classes in creative writing, creative non-fiction, and short story writing.
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You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to:
- Bring narrative direction to research
- Find shape and structure in the material you have
- Bring to people, places, and events to life in your writing.
Meet the Tutor
Nick Barlay is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003.
He was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents, and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, explores the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015.
He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for the Times.
He regularly teaches fiction and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing a family history.
Need to Know
- 10:00 – 15:00
- £40/£30 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Nick Barlay
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