This course will take place in person.
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?
Anyone who has done some research on their family history and is now thinking about how to express what they have in written form.
What can I expect?
This short course will cover key aspects of writing family history. We will look at narrative voice, representing or writing about ancestors or family members, describing places and bringing research to life, use of dialogue, as well as the possible structure and organisation of family histories. There will be some examples, brief writing exercises to share in class, and comment/feedback from both tutor and group.
How we’re keeping you safe
April 2022 update: Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory but we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
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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 life people, places, and events.
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
- £55/£41 concession
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Nick Barlay
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