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Whether you’re interested in your great-grandfather’s four wives, a famous general or your own life history, this course will help you to sift through the facts to find a compelling story.

We will discuss the ethics of writing about the past and explore the tools available for anyone who wants to bring it to life on the page. This series of workshops will give you the chance to experiment with your own writing and boost your confidence in creating a sense of place and describing real people and their motives. It will also look at the ways in which non-fiction writers deal with gaps in their story and 'missing people'.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

04 Feb 2016 to 03 Mar 2016

Course duration

5 week(s)

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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