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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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Writing Family History
Unit code HAA004
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English

Dr Naomi Parry

Teaching staff

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use and reflect on a wide range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical research.
  2. Write constructive critical feedback to help a writer improve a draft narrative.
  3. Produce a coherent work of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research.
  4. Observe the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in narrative writing.



Teaching Pattern

Fully online


Task 1: Writing activities and responses: 6 x 250-word written pieces (total 1500 words); 6 x 100-word critical responses (total 600 words) 50%

Task 2: Short Written Narrative (750–1000 words) 50%

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