College of Arts and Law

Writing Family History

Bring history to life through storytelling.

Secrets, twists, triumphs and tragedies; bring the stories of ancestors to life! Writing Family History is a fully online unit from the University of Tasmania. Join students around Australia for an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records.

HECS Scholarships may be available for domestic students in 2017*. This unit is offered within the Diploma of Family History (R2H) or the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) / Bachelor of General Studies courses, depending on whether you are a commencing or continuing student.

Online: Writing Family History is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.

Free access to Library: Gain free access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Unit Objectives

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Use and reflect on a range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical records;
  • Contribute to a supportive online workshop environment by giving and receiving constructive critical feedback on short writing exercises;
  • Produce a coherent piece of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research.

(* conditions apply)

Location: Online

Next Intake:
Spring: 20 November 2017

General Enquiries:
+61 3 6226 6365

What students say...

"We completed the very first Introduction to Family History course during the summer of 2014/2015. The lecture material was great and the small discussion groups encouraged students both to learn from and encourage others in the group. Though we have been researching for many years, the course reinforced much of what we knew and offered a different perspective on research."
- Rosemary and Eric Kopittke, Brisbane

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