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Unlock the Past Researching & Writing History Seminar

Event Information

  • 13 May 2011 8:30am - 14 May 2011 4:30pm
  • Writer's Centre, 187 Rundle Street
  • Adelaide
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: 2 days $85; 1 day only $55

Whether you are a beginning or experienced researcher, or a budding novelist, Unlock the Past's Researching & Writing History Seminar will provide you with practical information and guidance to use in your current or future projects - or perhaps inspire you to write for the first time.

The seminar will be held over two days with the option of one day attendance on either Friday or Saturday. It will be a contribution to About Time: South Australia's History Festival .

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  • program
  • who should attend
  • what should I bring?
  • trade tables
  • cost, registration details & further information

Program - Click here for Talk Summaries and Speaker Biographies

Friday 13 May

8.30 - 9.15               registration & trade tables
9.00 - 10.00am         So, you want to write history? (Peter Donovan)   
10.00 - 11.00am       morning tea & trade tables

11.00 - 11.45am      
How old is my house? (Peter Bell)
11.50 - 12.15pm       Writing for magazines and local media (Cassie Mercer)
12.15 - 1.15pm         lunch & trade tables
1.15 - 2.00pm          Sporting history & biography
(Ashley Mallett)
2.05 - 2.45pm          Writing research or resource guides (Shauna Hicks)
2.45 - 3.00pm          afternoon tea & trade tables
3.00 - 3.45pm          Writing creative non-fiction (Carol Baxter)
3.50 - 4.05am          What I meant to say was...  (Jackie van Bergen)
4.10 - 4.50pm          Publishing and marketing - self publishing or with a recognised publisher
                                 (John Scardigno,
Peacock Publications & Michael Bollen, Wakefield Press)

Saturday 14 May

8.30 - 9.00am          registration & trade tables
9.00 - 9.40am          Accessing government and private archives (Graham Jaunay)
9.45 - 10.45am         Writing interesting family histories 1 (Carol Baxter)
10.45 - 11.15am       morning tea & trade tables
11.15am - 12.15am  Writing interesting family histories 2 (Carol Baxter)
12.15 - 1.15pm         lunch & trade tables
1.15 - 1.55pm          Gather, organise & preserve your personal & family stories  (Annie Payne)
2.00 - 2.45pm          Oral history: tips for historians - (Patricia Sumerling)
2.45 - 3.00pm          afternoon tea & trade tables
3.00 - 3.45pm          Understanding context in history or a work of fiction - (Patricia Sumerling)
3.50 - 4.10pm          Printing your book - (David Sweeney, Openbook Howden)
4.10 - 4.30pm          Wrap up

Attendees may choose to attend both days or one day only.

Who should attend?

  • those interested in family or local history - or any form of history.
  • those who might be encouraged to research and record their personal or family/local history.
  • writers who are interested in developing more skills and ideas for historical writing.
  • society members who are candidate contributors to their society journal, local newspapers, Inside History magazine, or Unlock the Past.

What should I bring?

  • pen, paper or writing device
  • packed lunch or money to buy it
  • please note that recording devices are only permissible with the speaker's consent

Trade Tables 

There will be a modest trade exhibition available  throughout the two days, with breaks scheduled in to peruse items on sale. All presenters are invited to have their publications for sale, and both Gould Genealogy and Unlock the Past will have products available as well.

Cost, Registration Details & Further InformationEvent Sponsor Inside History

Cost is $85 for both days; $55 for either Friday or Saturday only attendance.

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Registration includes morning and afternoon tea, plus a kit with vouchers and other special offers.

The venue: South Australian Writers' Centre, 2nd Floor 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA
Lift access is available via the rear entry, 26 York St (a one way street), or from the front via Cafe Brunelli.

Lunch is extra. Cafe Brunelli on the ground floor below the Writers' Centre is recommended, but other places to eat are nearby.

Parking: A number of parking stations are nearby. Early bird parking for the day is $11 if in by 8.30am. After 8.30am the cost is approx $22 per day.

For further information contact Aimée: email aimee@unlockthepast.com.au or phone 8395 7476.