Story Collecting: Methods and Practices in Oral History


This weekend workshop will introduce students to the practice of oral history and the art of listening. As a methodology and an art, oral history can stand alone, or it can be used to inform documentary work, anthropology, fiction or nonfiction writing, journalism, and other practices. Using guidelines set out by the Oral History Association, students will learn to craft their own set of ethics and methods for the work they are currently doing or are interested in pursuing. The workshop will include discussion, listening exercises, guest speakers, and practice interviews. (13 hours)

Nora E. Weatherby is an oral historian and writer. She studied writing, documentary methods, and oral history at The New School University in New York City. She is the creator of The Birth Narratives Oral History Project (, which collects, archives, and produces stories about childbirth from women and men around the United States.

Additional information:
Students who take this course have the opportunity to become members of the Durham History Hub Story Squad, where they can help document and preserve Durham history by archiving relevant interviews and editing existing audio and video. Story Squad members can take a 10% discount on a future Continuing Education course of their choosing.

In the spring, a sequel to this class, also in collaboration with the Durham History Hub, will explore production and exhibitions of oral history material.


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