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Organised by The Guardian

Learn how to plan and write your family history to create a compelling story with critically acclaimed writer Nick Barlay

Led by novelist Nick Barlay, author of the lauded non-fiction family history Scattered Ghosts, this masterclass covers the technical skills needed to make best use of your material, including characters, settings and dialogue.
Across the two days, you’ll learn how to develop your narrative, create a credible world using setting and description, and discover how historical detail and narrative dynamics can come together to reveal universal truths through particular family histories.
Course Content
  • Your story and your readers
  • The people of the story: character and characterisation
  • The world of the story: setting and description
  • Creating and using dialogue
  • Narrative development: the dynamics of structure and plot
This course is for ...
  • Anyone currently writing or planning a story based on events in their family history
  • Writers looking to develop their skills and take their project to the next level
Tutor Profile
Nick Barlay is the author of four highly acclaimed novels and was mentioned among Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. In 2013 he published his first work of non-fiction, Scattered Ghosts, which tells the story of his Hungarian Jewish family over two centuries. He has also been a journalist, and wrote a long-running and popular series about London for The Times. Other writing ranges from short stories to award-winning radio plays.
You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 2pm (BST)
Course Details
  • Dates: Saturday 4 June 2022 and Sunday 5 June 2022
  • Times: 2-5pm (BST)
2pm BST | 3pm CEST | 6am PDT | 9am EDT
This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.
You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.
All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.


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How to write your family history: A weekend writing course with Nick BarlayLondon, United Kingdom