Writing for a Popular Audience – London, 2009

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Event Date: Oct 19 2009
Venue: University of Western Ontario
City: London, Ontario
Country: Canada
Primary Contact Name: Adam Crymble
Contact Email: acrymbl@uwo.ca

Fifty thousand screaming readers rush the newsstand to get a copy of your latest research. Okay, maybe they’re not screaming, but the numbers probably aren’t that far off. While peer reviewed journals may make the academic world go round, it’s through magazines and newspapers that your work can make its way into homes across the country – and you might be surprised to find out how interested Canadians are in what you do. Did we mention that you also get paid?

The Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE) is sponsoring a graduate student workshop on Monday, October 19, 2009 in London, Ontario which will teach participants how to sell an article about their work or experiences to a popular publication. The workshop will be hands-on and by the end of the day all participants should have a proposal finished and ready to submit to an editor.

Accommodation grants are available for out of town participants. Priority will be given to students studying topics on Canada and the environment and those who are registered as NiCHE members.

Participants are also invited to attend an optional public lecture that evening by Harriet Ritvo, president of the American Society of Environmental Historians. Ritvo will be discussing her new book, The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago UP, 2009).

Workshop schedule


This workshop was organized and presented by:

Guest Speakers

The organizers would like to thank the following people who spoke to the group and helped critique student work during our workshop sessions:

  • Jodee Redmond, Freelance Writer
  • James Reaney, London Free Press
  • Helen Button, Press Release Writer
  • Dr. Alan MacEachern, NiCHE, University of Western Ontario
  • Dr. Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario


Reflections & Recordings


  • Adam Crymble – NiCHE
  • Jay Young – York University, History
  • Sean Graham – University of Ottawa, History
  • Ian Mosby – York University, History
  • Ryan O’Connor – University of Western Ontario, History
  • Terry Wilde – York University, History
  • Christopher Stuart Taylor – University of Western Ontario, History & Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Pat Bowley – University of Guelph, History
  • Ian Milligan – York University, History
  • Thomas Peace – York University, History
  • Natasha Regehr – Trent University, English
  • Christine McLaughlin – York University, History
  • Jeremy Marks – University of Western Ontario, Geography
  • Lois Fenton – University of Western Ontario, Public History
  • Josh MacFadyen – University of Guelph, History
  • Natasha Moulton – McMaster University, History

Generous Support Provided By:

  • The Network in Canadian History & Environment
  • The University of Western Ontario
  • Active History.ca

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