Writing History Seminar on Hiatus due to COVID-19

Please note that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City Writing History Seminar will be on hiatus for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are planning our return for Fall 2021 or whenever it is safe to meet again in person.

Wear a mask, be safe, and find some time for writing! We hope to see you again soon.


Writing History Seminar in New York City: 2019-2020 Schedule

Writing History is a seminar for faculty, graduate students, and exceptional undergraduate students, focused on the pleasures and challenges of writing history for a wider public. We put aside a history essay’s content, context, or historiography in order to hone our approach to the writing process—from style, pacing, and word choices to questions of audience, publishers, and of the changes wrought by digital media.

We met on Fridays, from noon to 2 p.m,
ONLINE via Google Meet (as of March 2020)
Columbia University

411 Fayerweather Hall, second floor
Let us know that you are interested in coming and receiving the pre-circulated readings on this form. We will write to confirm about a week before the session.

September 27 – Michael Salgarolo, New York University, “Journeys to St. Maló: A History of Filipino Louisiana”

(October 25 – Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr., Columbia University — postponed until 2020-2021)

November 15 – Paul Sabin, Yale University, “Environmental Law and the Remaking of American Liberalism”

Note: There will be a Writing History Lab session on Monday, January 6, at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York City. Please join us for some flash writing and discussion!

February 7 – Calvin Snyder, Brandeis University, “Shakedown City: The Paranoid Politics of the Los Angeles Underworld, 1933-1941.”

March 13 – R. Isabela Morales, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, “Writing Family History with Legal Documents”

Note: There will be a Writing History Lab session at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting in Washington, DC. Please join us for some flash writing and discussion!

April 24 – Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, “Writing a Book from a Single Photograph” — postponed until 2020-21 academic year

The Writing History Seminar acknowledges the support of the New York University History Department, the Columbia University History Department, the Digital Humanities Initiative at The New School, the Rutgers University-Newark History Department, and the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College 

Any more questions? Contact Adam Arenson