Exploring New Ways into Your Family History with Yin F. Lim

Saturday 2 March
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
10.00 - 12.30
£ 45.00 - £35.00 conc

In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for turning oral history and physical materials into a narrative, which you can use to form a piece of writing about your family history.

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Researching your family history can be fascinating, but how do you transform the information you discover into a narrative? And what do you do about the gaps that you find? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you’ll be given the techniques to turn both oral history and physical materials into a narrative, forming the basis of a longer piece of writing about your family history. You’ll also be given the tools to help you navigate the gaps you discover along the way, and you’ll learn a variety of ways you can write into the silences in your family’s story. In this workshop you will:

  • Use images and photographs as stimulus for your writing;
  • Use re-imagination as a way to connect with family and ancestors;
  • Learn how to work with intergenerational conversations;
  • Explore hybrid writing as a method when accessing absences or erasures in your family history;
  • Spark new ways of thinking and writing into the past.

This workshop is designed for writers who have already begun to explore their family history, and for writers whose family history might have been passed down orally or who are struggling with a lack of personal archival material. 

Yin F. Lim

Yin F Lim is a writer and editor who lives in Norwich. Her creative non-fiction around family, food and migration has been published in Who We Are We Now? A Collection of True Stories About Brexit, A Personal History of Home with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Moxy, The Other Side of Hope, Porridge, Ruby and Hinterland magazine where she is currently a co-editor. In 2022, she secured an Arts Council England grant to explore new ways of addressing gaps and silences in family histories as a next-generation writer. Yin holds a Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA from the University of East Anglia and is working on a book about her maternal grandmother’s emigration from Southern China to Malaya.

NCW Academy Bursary Programme

There is one bursary space available for this workshop.

To apply for the bursary placement, email [email protected] with the name of the course/workshop you would like to attend. Please also attach one of the following proofs of low income:

If you are in receipt of state benefits, please provide a copy of:

  • Proof of means-tested state benefits (such as housing benefit, council tax benefit, Universal
  • Credit, Income Support, pension credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, or other similar benefits), or
  • Proof of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
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