— With whom do you share your writing?

Where have you found social support as a history writer? Who reads your drafts? How do you share feedback with others? Use the commenting feature to tell us about your experiences, and what you have learned from other writers.

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“With whom do you share your writing?” Writing History: How Historians Research, Write, and Publish in the Digital Age, October 6, 2010, http://writinghistory.wp.trincoll.edu/2010/10/06/sharing/.

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One Reply to “— With whom do you share your writing?”

  1. The internet may democratise historical research. The internet challenges the (false-)dichotomy between ‘academic’ and ‘public’ history.

    Through facilitating self-publication, the internet affords opportunities for all to share their writing. Now, rather than requiring editorial approval for publication in books and journals, an author may publish her work online through, for example, a website or blog.

    The internet may facilitate a broader readership for writing relating to history. Rather than requiring membership to institutions and libraries, reading materials are increasingly available online for free.

    The process of historical research goes beyond ‘reading and writing’. Distinctions between academic history, media history, popular history and personal history are challenged by the internet. All can be discussed together, as we navigate, via virtual links, between articles, documentaries, news reports, social networking sites, online forums and blogs.

    Debates and discussions are no longer confined behind scholars’ doors but may become open to all to add to and comment upon (as on this site).

    Paul Thompson claimed that “oral history gives history back to the people in their own words” (cited – http://ohaa-sa.com.au/?page_id=85). It seems that, in terms of sharing writing, the internet democratises this further. Online history enables us to share our history in our own words.

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