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

Step-by-Step: Writing A Personal History

$75 per device Online Experience
4.5 hours
Up to 20 people
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$75 per device
Los Angeles, California
What We’ll Do

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 October 17th.

October 17th, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Finding your voice and your inspiration

October 24th, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Research methodologies from home

October 31st, 12pm PST/3pm EST: Story sharing and feedback

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
Hadley Meares
Hadley Meares

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.

What Else You Should Know

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

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Group Size

There are 20 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
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