The Writing History Seminar will be on hiatus for the academic year 2020-2021.
This seminar will focus on writing history, on how historians express themselves as writers. For decades the Newberry has hosted seminars on a range of historical subjects, approaches, and eras. But this one will stretch across such categories to examine how we tell historical stories, how writers communicate with readers. This is not a seminar to “workshop” manuscripts. Rather, it is a series of meetings on historical writing as genre, craft, even literature drawing mainly on published work. Or to put it concretely, what makes X a good writer? How might Y think more about her audience? How might Z write clearer, more compelling history?
Co-ordinators: Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University; Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University; and Elliott Gorn, Loyola University Chicago.