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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1902: Seven Ways a Medievalist Can Earn Income outside Academia

Friday 10 July 2020, 09.30-12.30
Organiser:Peter Konieczny,

Are you exploring a career in medieval studies, but wondering what opportunities exist outside of working in a university? This three-hour seminar will take a look at how medievalists can earn money, perhaps find a career, using their knowledge about the Middle Ages. Specifically, we take a look at following these possible paths:

1) Books – writing for publishers and self-publishing
2) Magazines - writing for history magazines and non-history magazines
3) Websites - creating your own website or digital content
4) Youtube and Podcasting - finding ways to create your own media brand
5) Publishing - working for a publisher or creating your own business
6) Travel and Tourism - using your knowledge of local history
7) Fairs and festivals - spending your weekends with thousands of other medieval lovers

Leading the discussion is Peter Konieczny, the founder of, the largest website devoted to the Middle Ages. He is also the editor of Medieval Warfare magazine. Joining him will be Danièle Cybulskie, author of The Five-Minute Medievalist.

Peter Konieczny was a librarian at the University of Toronto before becoming part-owner of He has been developing websites for 15 years and is based in Toronto. Peter has extensive experience in web design, blogging, social media, and the use of digital media to support the dissemination of scholarship to wide-ranging audiences. In 2016, he also became the editor of Medieval Warfare magazine.

Danièle Cybulskie, also known as The Five-Minute Medievalist, is a lifelong lover of Arthurian stories and bold Robin Hood. She studied Cultural Studies and English Literature at Trent University, earning her Master's degree in English Literature at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in medieval literature and Renaissance drama. Currently, she teaches an online course on medievalism through OntarioLearn, and writes weekly articles for and The Medieval Magazine. Recently she published Life in Medieval Europe: Fact and Fiction. When she is not reading or writing, Danièle can be found drinking tea, practicing archery, or sometimes building a backyard trebuchet.

Since 2008, has billed itself as the media site for the Middle Ages, offering news, articles, and videos about medieval studies. It is one of the largest online resources about the Middle Ages, receiving over three-quarters of a million page views per month and with a large social media following of over 75,000 followers on Twitter alone.

This workshop can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Early booking is recommended.

Tutors: Danièle Cybulskie, and Peter Konieczny,
Fee: £7:50