Writing History—A Lab Session

AHA Session 300
Monday, January 6, 2020: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Rhinelander Gallery (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Adam Arenson, Manhattan College
Vera Silvina Candiani, Princeton Univ.
Megan Kate Nelson, writer
Tara E. Nummedal, Brown University

Session Abstract

In this session, we will discuss both the challenges and opportunities of writing history creatively. Attendees will be invited to consider artifacts, images, or short texts that we will provide, and then to participate in a flash writing challenge: 10 minutes to write about one or more of these historical sources. We will then share the writing samples to serve as the basis of the remainder of the discussion.

Drawing inspiration from the Writing History Seminar which meets in New York City, we will discuss what subfields of history have been most welcoming of creative approaches, and what publishing venues care the most about the craft of writing, and which times and places in the profession are most forbidding for creative approaches to history.
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