Biographies from your Family Tree Name

Course Content

Course Content
This course will help you to build your skills and knowledge of biographies and memoirs based on long forgotten members of your family. You will read examples and discuss writing techniques to build your individual style.

During the course you will learn about:
• Planning and paragraphing using factual knowledge
• Interpreting social history and it's effects on life in times gone by
• Writers’ choices and techniques

This course is delivered for up to 10 hours in weekly sessions.

At the end of this course students should have a short biography of a family member and the knowledge and skills to build this into a family member's guide.

This course is for anyone who was aged 19 or over who has a North Yorkshire post code.
No previous experience is required. Basic IT skills are essential.
You will need to commit to attending sessions regularly and completing some aspect of self-study

This course is ideal for those who have completed a family history course or who have completed personal research.

You will need access to a Laptop or Tablet. Please also have a notepad, pen or pencil and a small folder for handouts and your work. You may wish to use a memory stick.

You should have details about members of the family found using a geneology site or from family history knowledge.

This course is delivered online. You will need access to the internet and an email account. Your teacher will contact you on a weekly basis through Zoom, email and our online learning platform, Moodle. You will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other like-minded people across the County. You will be given tasks to complete at each session along with instructions and online demonstrations

This course is not formally assessed although you will be given verbal and written feedback on your progress throughout the course.

You will receive a certificate of completion following full attendance

You will be given the opportunity to discuss progression to further English based courses such as Creative Writing or those which lead to English qualifications.

09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Concessions may be available based on income and benefit status

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