Bringing Oral Histories to Print

Conference Workshop

"There is no period so remote as the recent past."

--The History Boys

And no history is more immediate than the real-life story told by an eye-witness; multiple first-hand memories, when sensitively analyzed, organized, and edited, become unique and valuable historical narratives. Such stories preserve the irreplaceable collective memory of towns and regions, unions and collectives, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, gatherings, and the threads that connect fellow travellers of all kinds.  In this workshop, Susan Safyan distills her experiences as a writer and editor to inspire and encourage writers of community histories. She will touch on some practical matters: preparing for effective and ethical interviews, listening actively, transcribing and note-taking, organizing what you’ve collected, and enhancing oral histories with archival and photographic materials. Come prepared to write and to discuss your project(s).