Historical Nonfiction: Research-Based Writing With Hadley Meares - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Historical Nonfiction: Research-Based Writing With Hadley Meares

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4 sessions
$195 per person
Up to 30 people
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$195 per person
$195 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this four-part workshop, learn to write your own historical essay through a research-based lens.

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to write a history of personal interest in a 1200-word, Atlas Obscura essay–type format, but didn’t know where to begin? Perhaps you’ve always wondered about the deeper story behind an old family recipe, a run-down building on your block, or a specific moment in time. This four-part online writing workshop with historical journalist Hadley Meares will equip you with the tools you’ll need to start researching and writing.

Over the course of four sessions, you’ll learn how to begin your quest, conduct research, and shape your original project. Along the way, you’ll participate in group exercises and get personalized feedback from Hadley and your fellow participants. By the end of the course, you’ll be well on your way to writing a compelling, nonfiction history that is personal to you and your interests.

Syllabus at a Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours with a week between each session.

Fall Section C: Meets Wednesdays beginning December 1.

Session 1 (Wednesday,12/1, 6–7:30 PM ET): Finding your voice and your inspiration

Session 2 (Wednesday, 12/8, 6–7:30-10 PM ET): Research methodologies from home

Session 3 (Wednesday, 12/15, 6–7:30 PM ET): Essay format and shaping your narrative

-two weeks off-

Session 4 (Wednesday, 1/5, 6-7:30–10 PM ET): Story sharing and feedback

Fall Section D: Meets Thursdays beginning December 2.

Session 1 (Thursday, 12/2, 7:30–9 PM ET): Finding your voice and your inspiration

Session 2 (Thursday, 12/9, 7:30–9 PM ET): Research methodologies from home

Session 3 (Thursday, 12/16, 7:30–9 PM ET): Essay format and shaping your narrative

-two weeks off-

Session 4 (Thursday, 1/6, 7:30–9 PM ET): Story sharing and feedback

Winter Section A: Meets Wednesdays beginning January 12.

Session 1 (Wednesday, 1/12/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Finding your voice and your inspiration

Session 2 (Wednesday, 1/19/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Research methodologies from home

Session 3 (Wednesday, 1/26/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Essay format and shaping your narrative

Session 4 (Wednesday, 2/2/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Story sharing and feedback

Winter Section B: Meets Sundays beginning February 13.

Session 1 (Sunday, 2/13/2022, 3–4:30 PM ET): Finding your voice and your inspiration

Session 2 (Sunday, 2/20/2022, 3–4:30 PM ET): Research methodologies from home

Session 3 (Sunday, 2/27/2022, 3–4:30 PM ET): Essay format and shaping your narrative

Session 4 (Sunday, 3/6/2022, 3–4:30 PM ET): Story sharing and feedback

Winter Section C: Meets Wednesdays beginning March 16.

Session 1 (Wednesday, 3/16/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Finding your voice and your inspiration

Session 2 (Wednesday, 3/23/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Research methodologies from home

Session 3 (Wednesday, 3/30/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Essay format and shaping your narrative

Session 4 (Wednesday, 4/6/2022, 7–8:30 PM ET): Story sharing and feedback

Between Sessions

Students will be given optional assignments to complete between sessions, including brief writing prompts and exercises crafted to help aid in research and writing. You can spend as much or as little time on assignments as you'd like—this class is what you make of it!

Pricing Options

If you are unable to pay the ticket price for this course, a limited number of no-pay spots are available to increase accessibility for students, regardless of economic situation. Please note that this option is first-come, first-served, and reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course. To learn more about our approach to pricing, including no-pay options, please visit our FAQ page.

Atlas Obscura Online Courses

Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 20 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed a time that works for you for up to one week after they’ve aired.

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For answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ page here.

Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time. 

About Your Instructor
Hadley Meares
Hadley Meares

Hadley Meares is an LA-based historical journalist, tour leader, talking head, and the host of the history podcast Underbelly LA. She is a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, Curbed, HISTORY, LAist, Los Angeles Magazine and Atlas Obscura, among other outlets.

What Else You Should Know

This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that meets over Zoom. Students may be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Group Size

There are 30 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
  • Wed, Jan 12, 2022
    7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    $195
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  • Sun, Feb 13, 2022
    3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
    $195
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  • Wed, Mar 16, 2022
    7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    $195
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