Online workshops

Online workshops are an excellent way to improve your skills, meet people with similar interests, and learn whilst in your own home.

Each workshop is run live (not pre-recorded) and involves hands-on activities for participants.

Workshop handouts are provided in advance to each participant, as well as an illustrated guide to installing and using the meeting software. For those who are new to using online meeting software, I am happy to run practice sessions so that you are confident using the software before the workshop.

Workshops are available on:


Learn how to edit oral history and sound recordings

Have you recorded oral history interviews but don’t know how to edit them to create clips?

Are your oral history recordings sitting in an archive, not being used?

Have you ever wanted to make use of the recordings for displays or
presentations? 

If so, this workshop is for you.

Register here through EventBrite.

This hands-on workshop will:

  • introduce you to audio editing software,
  • teach you how to create clips from oral history interviews and sound recordings,
  • show you how to remove sounds such as coughs from your excerpt, and
  • provide ideas about how to use your audio excerpts.

During the workshop, you will practise editing an interview using files provided. You do not need to provide your own audio files.

Detailed workshop notes will be provided.

Download a workshop flyer with details about what you need to participate in the workshop, and assumed knowledge.

Date: tba
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern states of Australia)
10am – 12:30pm (SA and NT)
8:30am – 11:00am (WA)
Venue: online. Instructions for installing and using the software will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $80 per person, $60 for concession card holder/student.

This workshop is limited to eight participants. If it is oversubscribed, I will schedule new sessions.

Register here through EventBrite.

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Create a video using oral history recordings and images

Have you ever wanted to make a video from oral history interviews?

Are your oral history recordings sitting in an archive, not being showcased?


Have you ever wanted to make use of interview files for displays or presentations, or to put on a website?


Would you like to make a digital story?


Have you interviewed family members and would like to create a special video for them using the audio and family photos?


If so, this workshop is for you.

Register here through EventBrite.

This hands-on workshop will:

  • teach you how to use PowerPoint software to create videos (or digital stories) using audio-only interviews, sound effects, music, photographs and other images, and
  • provide ideas about how to use your videos and digital stories.

During the workshop, you will practise making a digital video using files provided.  You do not need to provide your own audio files or images. 

Detailed workshop notes will be provided.

Download a workshop flyer with details about what you need to participate in the workshop, and assumed knowledge.

Date: Friday 6 November 2020
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm (ACT, NSW, Vic, Tas)
10am – 1pm (SA)
9:30am – 12:30pm (Qld)
9am – 12 noon (NT)
7:30am – 10:30am (WA)
Venue: online. Instructions for installing and using the software will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $80 per person, $60 for concession card holder/student.

This workshop is limited to eight participants. If it is oversubscribed, I will schedule new sessions.

Register here through EventBrite.

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Transcribing Oral History workshop

Have you completed some oral history interviews, but aren’t sure how to go about transcribing them?

Do you have interviews in your library, museum or historical society collection that haven’t been transcribed yet?

Would you like some guidance on how to go about preparing clear and informative transcripts that will be valuable research tools?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this workshop is for you.

Register here through EventBrite.

This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • the importance of transcribing oral history interviews, and the consequences of inaccurate transcripts
  • the difference between spoken and written English and its significance for transcripts
  • setting out transcripts
  • transcription dilemmas and how to deal with them
  • hints for improving the value of transcripts
  • useful software
  • is voice recognition software a reasonable substitute?
  • ideas for using oral history transcripts

All interview files for the workshop are provided. You do not need to have your own oral history interview files to be able to participate in the workshop.

Download a workshop flyer.

Date: Friday 30 October
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm (ACT, NSW, Vic, Tas)
10am – 1pm (SA and NT)
9:30am – 12:30pm (Qld)
9am – 12 noon (NT)
7:30am – 10:30am (WA)
Venue: online. Instructions for installing and using the software will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $80 per person, $60 for concession card holder/student.

This workshop is limited to eight participants. If it is oversubscribed, I will schedule new sessions.

Register here through EventBrite.

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Create audio presentations with your oral history recordings

Are your oral history recordings sitting in an archive, not being used?

Have you ever wanted to make use of the recordings for displays or presentations?

If so, this workshop is for you.

Register here through EventBrite.

This hands-on workshop will:

  • teach you how to use audio editing software to edit your interviews,
  • teach you how to create audio clips with added sound effects for use in a range of settings, such as displays in a community centre, library or museum,
  • teach you how to put together a presentation with multiple interview excerpts, narration, sound effects, and music,
  • provide ideas about how to use your audio excerpts

All audio files for the workshop are provided. You do not need to have your own oral history interview files to be able to participate in the workshop.

Download a workshop flyer.

Date: next date TBA
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm (Eastern states of Australia)
10am – 1pm (SA and NT)
8:30am – 11:30am (WA)
Venue: online. Instructions for installing and using the software will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $90 per person, $65 for concession card holder/student

This workshop is limited to eight participants. If it is oversubscribed, I will schedule new sessions.

Register here through EventBrite.

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Develop your research skills using Trove

Trove is an online Australian database that enables you to access material from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations, all from home! It provides a wealth of opportunities, and there are many skills you can develop to help make the most of Trove and find material relevant to your own interests. This workshop will help you to develop those skills and discover resources you didn’t know existed!

Are you interested in researching Australian or local history, the history of a business or of a particular person?
Have you ever used Trove to read old newspaper articles, and wondered what other records are available?
Would you like to improve and refine your searching capabilities?
Are you about to embark on an oral history project and want to do some background research?


If you answered yes to any of these, this workshop is for you.

Register here through EventBrite.

This hands-on workshop will:

  • introduce you to the diverse range of materials that you can search and access online through Trove, from old photographs and art works through to music, objects and archives
  • teach you how to refine your searches
  • recommend approaches to enliven your research
  • provide an opportunity to do some detective work during the workshop with some interesting challenges!
  • show you how to cite the materials found, and to check their copyright status

Download a workshop flyer.

Date: next date TBA
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm (Eastern states of Australia)
10am – 1pm (SA and NT)
8:30am – 11:30am (WA)
Venue: online. Instructions for installing and using the software will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $60 per person, $45 for concession card holder/student

Register here through EventBrite.

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