Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Courses and training

We are pleased to be collaborating with The Keep again to support this exciting course, running from 2 February 2019 for eight weeks:

Beyond The Family Tree: Writing, Curating and Presenting Your Family’s Past.

A practical creative writing course is designed to help individuals work imaginatively with their family archives, which might include letters, journals, documents, photographs, artworks and objects. For more information click HERE.

Beyond the Family Tree poster

This practical creative writing course is designed to help individuals work imaginatively with their family archives, which might include letters, journals, documents, photographs, artworks and objects. Led by author and life historian Shivaun Woolfson, the sessions will enable you to develop a narrative approach and explore ways of telling your story, while Keep staff will offer advice on finding, interpreting and caring for family archives. There will be an opportunity to take part in a guided tour of The Keep and, in the final session, to share your work with family and friends.

Our previous course ran from October 2015 to February 2016: 

Oral History for Public Culture, a four-day advanced training for doctoral students in oral history.

Contact Margaretta Jolly for more details: M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

 Oral History for Public Culture

  • For those interested in taking short courses in oral history practice, see the Oral History Society

  • For those interested in creative life history and life writing, QueenSpark Books and the University of Brighton run occasional courses. 

  • For those interested in occasional courses using the Mass Observation Archive, please see their website

  • The International Summer School at Sussex also runs short courses of relevance, including Writing the Self and Walking into History