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Writing Your Family History

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist on May 1st, 2019

Writing Your Family History

E-Course Module One





If you went to the Family Tree Live show at Alexandra Palace last week you may have heard Gill Blanchard speaking.

She is a respected professional family historian and author. I now see that her latest course on Writing Your Family History is about to run in a few days time. Best sign up now if you want to learn how to bring your forebears to life in words.


Starts Friday 10 May 2019

Ends Week ending Friday 2 August 2019

12 Weeks. 5 Lessons. Weekly Discussions.

Cost £150


Tutor: Gill Blanchard

Author and Professional Family Historian




  1. Biography and Creative Non Fiction (UEA)

This is a practical writing course spread over a twelve week period that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life. The aim is on producing an entertaining family history that other people want to read. The lessons will focus on enabling students to choose the most suitable format for them, decide what to include and how, and find and add relevant context. The tutor will provide personalised and in-depth feedback throughout the course.


Students are encouraged to move beyond a basic ‘John begat William and Jane begat Mary’ chronicle; learn how to integrate relevant social and local history materials and to deal with repetitions, missing pieces and anomalies in their writing.


The course lasts for twelve weeks and is comprised of five lessons. The first four lessons are posted online at fortnightly intervals, with an extra week after lessons four and five to allow additional time for reading, writing, critiquing and feedback.


The lessons include writing exercises, focussed guidance, useful tips, writing examples, links to useful resources and background reading. There will be regular live online discussions with the tutor and other students. A dedicated learning hub can be used at any time throughout the course to share work, ask questions and post news.


This course is aimed at those who have completed a body of research into their family history and are ready to start writing.


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