What is the course about?
This two-day course uses practical exercises and in the round discussion to get you started on your local history writing. You can also join the course if you want to work on parts of something you are already writing. Local history writing covers a huge range of interests, places and passions. Writing about local history allows you, as the writer, to be creative and a bit of an explorer in your local area of choice.
Tutor, journalist and broadcaster Allis Moss is the author of the local history book: ‘The Jigsaw Journey’ which was produced with an Arts-in-Action grant. As a White Rose Scholar, Allis is a researcher of nineteenth century European history. She has written about history for many years for the BBC and other channels, including an edition of Witness for World Service to mark the centenary of the British nurse Edith Cavell. She has also produced history material for Radio 4 and other BBC networks such as for From Our Own Correspondent, Excess Baggage, Loose Ends, Heart and Soul and Countryfile.
Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Researching local history
- Practical tips for telling your story.
- How to write about passions and pasttimes
- How to write about environment
- How to present real life characters on the page.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand effective research strategies for writing social history.
- Research and write excerpts from your finished book.
- Understand how to effectively represent characters, environments and topics in your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. Students should have completed a beginners course in creative writing or a related discipline. Ideally, students will already have some potential ideas for local history writing projects.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of group work, workshopping, pair work, extract analysis and formal instruction from the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Writing materials. Materials relating to your chosen local history topic could be useful as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offers a range of non-fiction writing courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website for more information.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details