Bring your ancestors stories to life through storytelling. Secrets, twists, triumphs and tragedies; bring the stories of ancestors to life! Writing Family History is one of a number of online units hosted by the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Join students around Australia for an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records.

What you will learn
On (successful) completion of this unit you will be able to:
– Use and reflect on a range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical records
– Contribute to a supportive online workshop environment by giving and receiving constructive critical feedback on short writing exercises
– Produce a coherent piece of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research

When does the course start?
Writing Family History begins on 19th November 2018 and concludes on 25th January 2019. Note: there will be a four-week break from this unit over the Christmas/New Year period.

When do applications close for the next offering of this unit?
Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

To take part in this course you:
– need to have a computer with reliable internet access
be prepared to spend approx. 5-6 hours a week on study
– need to be an Australian

Are there any pre-requisites for the unit?
No, there are no pre-requisites.

Is there any face-to-face teaching?
No, Writing Family History is fully online.

Are there exams or assignments?
There will be ongoing assessments throughout the semester. Assessments could include such items as online quizzes composed of multiple-choice and short answer questions (some of which may be time-limited), online discussion forums and/or presenting your written work. There are no exams for this unit.

For further details, including enrolling and a number of FAQs, visit the University of Tasmania (UTAS) website

Family History Diploma
“Writing Family History” can be done as a single unit, or it can be done a part of a fully online suite of units for a Diploma. It is one of five foundation-level units available in the Diploma of Family History. Students must complete four foundation-level units and four 100-level units to complete the Diploma.