Who are the most interesting characters on your family tree? Would you like to write their stories to share with other family members, or with a wider audience? Perhaps you have an ancestor who is intriguing because of what you don't know about them and so can only imagine their story. This unit is an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on genealogical records. Students will gain skills in crafting engaging, readable family history narratives through writing historical and/or fictional pieces about people, places, and events from their family records.
|Unit name||Writing Family History|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Coordinator||Doctor Robert Clarke|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Use and reflect on a wide range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical research
- Write constructive critical feedback to help a writer improve a draft narrative
- Produce a coherent work of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research
- Observe the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in narrative writing
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Weekly online learning materials (e.g. short video lectures, discussions, readings, activities) (approx. 3 hours).
|Assessment||Short Written Narrative (50%)|Writing activities and responses (50%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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