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Past Tense Workshop at the Huntington Library, April 27, noon

“Creatively Writing about a Huntington Object” April 27, noon Huntington Library The capstone event of the 2011-2012 year of Past Tense seminars will be participatory writing workshop.  Curator Stephen Tabor will bring a set of recently-acquired objects  to serve as … Continue reading

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Inspiration Points: Death on my nightstand

It’s certainly just coincidence that as I was reading through Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing last night and considered her ideas about writing being about facing one’s own mortality, I realized that the books on … Continue reading

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Writing History Event: a conversation with Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore

The Writing History Colloquium and Andrews Society invite you to launch the new semester with a special event: “Taking Liberties: Histories, Fictions, and Blind Spots” A conversation with historians Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore Wednesday 21 January, 3 p.m. Yale … Continue reading

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AHA sessions for writer-historians

Are you headed to the AHA Conference in January? If so, these sessions might be of particular interest to us writer-historians: The Promise and Pitfalls of Writing for Readers beyond the Academy Friday, January 2, 2009: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM Nassau … Continue reading

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This Computer is Finished: The Physical Requirements of Writing History

This computer is finished. Its silver casing shows the years of scratches, bumps, and smudges. It bears the scars of balancing one too many books, of leaving the computer too casually on an ottoman, of eating and working feverishly for … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Blogger Historian

I’ve been blogging nearly every day for five years. I find it seductive. Each day I experiment with trying to tell a tale in staccato style. Punctuation, backstory, and truth are less important than the story of the moment. Hyperlinks … Continue reading

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Episode 3, Part 2: Jeff Wasserstrom

This MHP episode offers an informal interview with China historian Jeff Wasserstrom, where he discusses a variety of topics about writing history. He gives advice on publishing book reviews, overcoming writer’s block, and names some of his favorite history books. … Continue reading

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Episode 2, Part 2: Martha Hodes

This episode offers a candid discussion with Martha Hodes about the background for her latest book, her daily writing practices, her teaching of experimental history in the classroom, and some advice to graduate students about ‘finding the story’ in their … Continue reading

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Episode 2, Part 1: Martha Hodes

This episode of Making History Podcast features historian Martha Hodes reading excerpts from her book The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century. Following her reading, Martha discusses various stylistic choices she … Continue reading

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"Writing History" Seminar: Studying the craft of historical writing

This quarter I’m taking a seminar called “Writing History” with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China’s Brave New World. The aim of the class (from the syllabus) is to “explore the qualities of historical writing as writing and to see whether … Continue reading

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