Day School: Family History - Writing a Life Story

Ref: C3741151

This day school will help you if you would like to start writing a family history. Maybe you have an ancestor you have heard some colourful stories about, someone who lived through a particularly interesting historical time or got involved in newsworthy events. You may even be lucky enough to have that person’s own account or memoirs, or family letters and photos that tell a moving story. This brand-new course will show you how to write a family history, whether you would like to put together a booklet for your family, an account to share with your local history society, an article for a magazine, a published book, or a web page or blog. We will look at examples of family history writing for inspiration, and discuss the different formats and publishing options available.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To inspire and encourage you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and start writing down some of those family stories you have discovered or been told.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to have something to write about and some ideas of what you would like to achieve.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Write a story about a family member
  • Create a blog or web-based family story
  • Explain which words and pictures I can use in my stories if I do not own the copyright
  • Use evidence to add colourful details to my stories

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Paper and pencils will be provided but please bring a pen, laptop or tablet if you would prefer to use that for your writing. Please also bring any inspiration for your family stories, such as copies of photos, letters, diaries, etc.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please think about what you'd like to achieve

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Family History - Writing a Life Story


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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