Writing History: You Can’t Google It!
Saturday 20 November 2021, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $210
Conc Member: $135
This course was originally scheduled for September 2021 but has been postponed to November due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney.
It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two and a half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.
In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.
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Expected learning outcomes
Participants will improve their:
- research skills, including fact-checking
- interviewing skills
- writing skills, particularly in terms of bringing historical facts to life
Pen and paper.
If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Mark Dapin is the author of The Nashos’ War, a highly acclaimed history of the Vietnam-era national service scheme in Australia. He is also editor of the Penguin Book of Australian War Writing and another Penguin anthology, From the Trenches: the Best ANZAC Writing of World War One, and a PhD candidate in history at UNSW@ADFA. In addition to his work as […]