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Atlas Obscura: Step-by-Step — Writing A Personal History

July 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - July 25, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

A three-part series on how to become a historian of your own research and stories.

Have you ever wanted to write a history of personal interest, but didn’t know how to begin? Perhaps you’ve always wondered about the deeper story behind an old family recipe, a run-down building down the block from you, or a specific moment in time. This three-session writing workshop with historical journalist Hadley Meares will give you all the tools you need to get started on writing an Atlas Obscura style historical essay.

Across three sessions, which are each 1.5 hours long, you’ll learn how to begin your quest, conduct your research, and shape your original project. Along the way, you’ll get feedback from Hadley and your fellow participants, as well as an Atlas Obscura staff writer who specializes in oral histories.

This intimate experience allows for real-time participation and personalized feedback. In the end, you’ll be well on your way to writing a compelling, personal story.

Step-by-Step — Writing A Personal History Sessions

There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for an hour and a half on three consecutive Saturdays beginning July 11th.

  • July 11th, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Finding your voice and your inspiration
  • July 18th, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Research methodologies from home
  • July 25th, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Story sharing and feedback

Hadley Meares is an LA based historical journalist, a leader of tours, a TV talking head, the host of Underbelly LA and a rabid Tarheel.

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.

This online experience is part of Atlas Obscura’s Wonder From Home initiative. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other. Follow and share the hashtag #wonderfromhome for inspiring stories, more incredible online experiences, and live streams with the Atlas Obscura community.


July 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
July 25, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
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