First World War writing workshop with renowned historians

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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Are you interested in writing about the First World War? Oxford Brookes is hosting a day-long history workshop with the British bestselling author and well-known historian of the Great War, Richard van Emden.

The workshop, run by the University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, will take place at 10.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 17 June, in the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus. 

The workshop, ‘Boy Soldiers of the Great War’ is part of an ongoing series of short courses for the public to enjoy, first introduced in 2015. Previous workshops have proved popular with topics including writing for historical novels and historical non-fiction.

Joanne Begiato, Head of the School of History, Philosophy and Culture at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are really excited to be hosting another one of these workshops. The day will cover aspects of non-fiction writing from finding a strong idea to using archives, structuring your work and getting published.  

“The theme is very topical, particularly given the ongoing activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This workshop is suitable for anyone published or aspiring, who is writing or keen to write about the war.”  

By the end of the workshop, you will understand how Richard and Stephen went about developing their books and gain their invaluable top tips about writing. You will also have a chance to hone a publishing pitch for your own First World War project and discuss possible methods of publication.

Joanne Begiato, Head of the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University

Richard van Emden is a well-known historian of the Great War, having interviewed 270 veterans and written, so far, twelve books, including the Top Ten Best Sellers The Trench, The Last Fighting Tommy and The Soldier’s War.  

A trained journalist, Richard has also worked as an associate producer on the award-winning Roses of No Man’s Land and Veterans for Testimony Films, and for the BBC on The Trench, making documentaries for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and Channel 4. These include Britain’sBoy Soldiers, What did you do in the Great War, Daddy? and Horror on the Home Front. He also co-presented The War Revolution, a Timewatch programme for BBC2.  

Also contributing to the day is Stephen Barker an independent military historian and museum education specialist, who is currently County Collections and Project Officer at Oxfordshire County Council. He was a trustee of the Battlefields Trust, working particularly on its educational materials. In 2009, he published Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes, a history of the 8th East Lancs in the Great War.  

Joanne continues: “By the end of the workshop, you will understand how Richard and Stephen went about developing their books and gain their invaluable top tips about writing. You will also have a chance to hone a publishing pitch for your own First World War project and discuss possible methods of publication.  

The cost is £65 and includes tea/coffee and lunch (£60 for Western Front Association members). Book your place online.

For more information on the event email: hss-shortcourses@brookes.ac.uk