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Lifelines: Writing Social and Family History - Nottingham Trent University

Lifelines: Writing Social and Family History - Nottingham Trent University

About the Course

This writing course is ideal for anyone interested in family and social history who’d like to bring a long forgotten character back to life.

The work you create might be become a precious family heirloom, or it could be something you’d consider having published in the future.

On this course, you will:

- concentrate on a person, such as an ancestor, a historical personality or a fictitious character from your imagination to write about
- research your character to create ideas and inspiration
- learn how to create a 3D character map
- practice creative writing techniques to develop the story of your character
develop the character’s story.

Classroom writing activities, discussions and critiques will be combined with homework exercises and peer work.

What will you gain?

By the end of this course you will have created a cohesive, four-dimensional story about a single life for a book, website or family heirloom.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Where you'll learn: You will be studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature, and be based in the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus.

You will find modern teaching spaces and quiet study environments to develop your ideas and writing.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Hilary Marson is a professional writer with a Masters in Writing from Nottingham Trent University and is currently completing a PhD at Birmingham University.

She has over fifteen years of experience offering technical writing for the British Geological Survey and has taught writing course at the University of Nottingham, Central College Nottingham and the Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham.

Hilary’s current project for writing social and family history is the life story of her ancestor Curly Hearson, hanged at 27 for burning down Nottingham Castle during the 1832 Reform Act riots.

She has published two novels and is a member of the Society of Authors.

Click through above to book your place online.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Three weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 14


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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users

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