Exploring Hidden Histories: Writing Up and Editing your Story

Now you have researched and gathered your material, comes the really creative part of your project: bringing it together. There are a range of different writing skillsets relevant to whichever 'response pathway' you are choosing to share your hidden history; on this page we link to some useful tools and tips for editing your story.

Download our Story Board template (for illustrating the sequence of your story)

Download our Equipment Learning Template (for learning your equipment / programme)

Download our Editing template (for editing your recorded material to tell your story)    

Jump to editing for:  Writing     Study     Digital Stories     Art

Key questions your 'Hidden History' response should address:

  • In the 100 years since WW1, how have Welsh people contributed to the search for peace? You might find the questions (RH) useful - click to enlarge.
  • What was the conflict, and how were the people in your story affected?
  • How did they view and pursue peace? How did others view them?
  • How is this relevant today? Are there similar situations in Wales or the wider world, or things we could learn from the past?  

Top Tips for all Projects:

  • 1. KISS - Keep it Short & Smart! More people will read / listen to / watch it.
  • Before you start, how would you summarise the point of your story as a) a tweet (140 characters); b) a sentence; c) a paragraph (3-4 sentences). 
  • 2. From the research you did, list the key historical points that will form the backdrop to your story - key dates / national events, political climate, public attitudes. 
  • 3. From the materials you have gathered, list the 10-15 best / most interesting recordings to build your story around - and identify gaps you might need to fill with additional material.  
  • 4. Create a Story Board, with a clear Introduction, Middle and End - no matter what media your writing, this can be invaluable for helping organise your train of thought!

Think about your the editing skillsets most useful to your chosen 'Project Pathway', and what you are going to produce individually or as a group.

Editing Skillsets >   


Digital Media  

Creative Design





Blog Piece

Many Hidden History projects are easiest to write up first as a Blog article, of 500-1000 words. These are published on online forums with specific / subscribed audiences, and shared through social media.

Wales Blog Network: Structuring a Blog   Blog Writing Tips    Blog Editing Tips      'WCIA Voices' Blog     

Citizen Journalism

A news, feature article or opinion piece usually goes into more depth on a subject, drawing on and linking to multiple stories, perspectives and sources - often intending to inform or shape opinions for a wider audience.

Citizen Journalism    Feature Article Tips     News Tips     Pitching Tips     WfP Feature Article example



Research Essay or Assignment

Research and study projects have specific objectives you should clarify with your tutor - from GCSE essays, Welsh Bacc assignments to lietrature reviews and dissertations.

Essay Writing Skills (secondary)      Reading & Writing to Learn: Smart Tips for Students     Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges     HE Essay writing skills     Dissertations and Research Projects

Reference Article

Writing an article for reference, such as a Literature Review or Wikipedia article, requires highly objective writing, clear references / citation, and should demonstrate public interest.

Writing / Editing a Wikipedia Article     Writing a Literature Review      Reading & Writing to Learn: Smart Tips for Students 



STORY BOARD for Digital Media 

If you are producing a digital story or short film using photographs, video or audio content, you will need to edit your material into a 'story board'.

Download 'Editing & Story Board' Template   BBC StoryBoard Example      Storyboarding Tips      HLF Digital Technology Guidance

Audio or Performance Script

Writing an Audio Script either for editing an Oral History recording, putting together a podcast / community radio feature, or for a play / performance, requires a similar 'story board' approach - but with sound instead of images!

'Editing & Story Board' Template     Oral History Society Wales     HLF Oral History Guidance     Audio Script Writing Exercise


Editing Video / Audio: Technical Guidance

There are many different editing programmes for PC and Mac computers, iPad / iPhone, Android and Windows phones / tablets, some of which are linked from the 'Presenting your Story' section of our Hidden Histories Guide. We recommend Google Searching for specific technical guidance as you are progressing your edit.


Creative Writing, Music and Poetry

There are many approaches to creative writing, especially with Wales' long traditions of poetry and music! These resources offer some 'starting tips' for how you might translate your hidden history into words that inspire and move people's hearts.

Creative Writing Tips      Poetry Tips    Poetry for Peace    Ty Newydd / Literature Wales    Poetry Wales     Music Lyrics Tips    

Interpretation for Display

If you are producing a photographic or art display, sculpture or portfolio, you will need to find an appropriate method for planning your work and then interpreting it to others.

Planning and Writing Effective Interpretation    HLF Interpretation Guidance   Writing good Captions   Cadw Welsh Heritage Tips and Pan-Wales Interpretation Plan    Writing Arts Proposals

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