K-12 Workshop: Learning about “Writing History” with an Expert

Why not jumpstart your school year by joining us for a workshop? On Monday, August 19, we’ll be hosting “Writing History,” a workshop for K-12 educators led by Bancroft Prize-winning author John Demos.

Through a lecture/discussion with Demos and a series of interactive workshops we will be exploring the process of creating and writing historical narratives, as well as ways in which this process can be used to enrich both History and English classrooms. Throughout the day we will explore the nature of historical writing, discussing topics such as choosing a subject, forming a cohesive structure, putting a story in a larger historical context, developing a voice, finding the significance of a narrative, and the role of emotion in writing and reading history.

All of these topics will be examined in a variety of ways, including writing exercises, working directly with AAS collection materials, and a session on teaching history through writing with staff from the Institute of Writing & Thinking at Bard College. Who knows – you may not only find ways to inspire your students to write, but get inspired to write yourself!

The workshop is $60 per person (free for Worcester Public School educators due to grant funding) and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All participants will receive materials for use in their classrooms and professional development points for attending the session. You can also register online.

We hope to see you there, and be sure to check out all of the workshops we have lined up for the fall!

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