July 22-24, 2021


Unveiling the Past: How to Write About History and Find an Audience

History is a hot commodity. From popular works of narrative nonfiction like Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shutterfly) to the hit musical “Hamilton,” everyone seems riveted by the past. But these stories can be much harder to tell than they may appear. This session will get into the weeds of writing popular history. Participants will learn how to find sources, how to define the scope of a story, and how to evaluate the written record. They’ll also learn to be aware of the colonial context of primary sources and get ideas on where to look for experts who can help interpret the past. By the end of the session, participants should have the skills to develop, pitch and write popular history.