Narrative Nonfiction and History Writing - Session II: Research (with Ken Mondschein)
This casual, discussion-based nonfiction class will pick up where the first session left off, although all new participants are more than welcome to join in! Among other things, we will revisit choosing an angle that will appeal to readers, finding the story therein, grabbing the reader's attention with sharp prose, dealing with controversies in interpretation, and organizing your information in a clear, engaging narrative style, although the class will mostly focus on sources and places for doing research, such as academic library access, journals, databases, archives, and books. If there's time, Ken will discuss how to identify an academic book's argument and how to take a new approach on the same topic. Whether you intend to write a small-scale piece such as a blog on family history or an article on the barns of colonial New England, or intend to spend the next few years crafting a multi-volume on World War II or the fall of the Roman Empire, Ken will teach you to think like a historian and tell your audience what you have to say in a way that will keep them reading.
About the Instructor
KEN MONDSCHEIN is a scholar and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture, as well as a jouster and fencing master. His work has appeared in the New York Press, various consumer magazines, as a columnist for Nerve.com and The Faster Times, and elsewhere. He received his PhD in history from Fordham University, was a Fulbright scholar to France, and is currently a Fellow at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies. Though Ken's scholarly concentration is premodern Europe, he has taught, lectured, spoken, consulted, and published on everything from medieval science to the political uses of the past, and worked with organizations ranging fromm the J. Paul Getty Museum to the History Channel to the United States Military Academy at West Point. His special interests are in Western depictions of ideas of time, in fencing treatises, and in medieval ideas of race and gender and, especially, countering white-nationalist uses of the Middle Ages. Ken is the author of numerous academic books and articles, as well as his latest book, Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of Warfare (McFarland).
When: Sunday, June 10 (1-4pm)
Where: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA