Handling History (with Isabella Kestermann and Josh Grapes)

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  • Class 1: Intro
    March 23, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Class 2: Sources & Resources
    March 30, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Class 3: Bias & POV
    April 6, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Class 4: Historical Styles
    April 13, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Class 5: Worldbuilding
    April 20, 2024
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

What is this class anyway?


Handling History is a 5-week course that focuses on understanding
how to research, how to incorporate your research into your
stories, and how to use history to expand, enrich and inspire your


Why does it matter?


Whether you’re writing a period piece or just mentioning some
event off-hand, it can be hard to get a handle on history. It can be
tricky to communicate exactly what you’re trying to say, especially
when it comes to complex and sensitive issues. Even if it’s not the
focus of your work, the weight of history can overwhelm your story.
Like any other Method Writing class, it’s meant to be a space where
you can be comfortable being uncomfortable. By diving into these
topics and discussing the best way to handle them within our
narratives, we hope to set you up for success in whatever it is
you’re working on.


What if I’m not writing a period piece? Can I still take this class?


Of course! Maybe you’re writing a period piece. Maybe a sensitive
historical issue comes up, even if it’s not the focus of your piece as
a whole. Maybe you’re writing a memoir, trying to communicate the
exact feel of a particular time and place. As they say, “The past is
another country. They do things differently there.” Maybe you’re
just looking to history and historical narratives for inspiration.
Whatever the case may be, this class is the perfect opportunity to
sink your teeth into some complex material.


So what are we actually doing in class?


Just like any other class, you’ll be bringing in work to read and
discuss. The class will also be a forum to discuss any questions and
struggles you might have. Each class will also focus on a particular
aspect of handling history. For the first class, you can bring in
whatever you want, and if you do have a particular project in mind,
you can always bring in a part of that. And from there, we’ll offer
exercises to expand your understanding, and make the process fun.