Down your Way: Writing and Publishing Local and Family History

Ref: C2226734

After learning to identify different types of historical evidence and assess their strengths and weaknesses students will produce a series of short written pieces based on research materials which they have already gathered relating specifically to local personalities, places and/or events. The course will consider the different ways of structuring and presenting written and visual historical material relating to local and family history and for public presentation, exhibition or different forms of publication.

Course aim

A practically oriented creative writing course aimed at helping individuals or members of local history groups to plan, structure and write up their existing research into family and/or local history in printed form and/or online.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • identify the different types of historical evidence used in local history research and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each when writing and presenting material
  • write about aspects of local history in an entertaining and engaging manner
  • devise a structure, narrative approach and identify appropriate illustrations for an article, exhibition, or talk on a local history subject
  • recognise the steps necessary to publish written and illustrative material for use in book form

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It is expected that student will have research material on family or local history that they have already gathered to use as the basis for some of the written assignments on the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Down your Way: Writing and Publishing Local and Family History

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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