Genealogist's Essential Writing Workshop

Starts October 30, 2017

Kickstart NaNoWriMo by writing your family history! In this week-long workshop, you'll get the tools you need to write about your ancestors, showcasing their experiences and memories with the next generation.

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Workshop runs from October 30-November 5, 2017!

They say everyone has a story. In the case of your ancestors, you have the opportunity to tell it! You've spent countless hours doing genealogy research and gathered together oral histories, personal memories, old photos, letters, and countless other documents. Put them together into a narrative that's as compelling as they are. Kick off National Novel Writing Month with this week-long genealogy writing workshop that will provide you not only with the inspiration to write their story, but the tools to tell it well. You'll get feedback and advice on your outline, and a great way to focus on the details that matter - when they matter.

Why take this genealogy writing workshop?

You'll get a strong foundation for writing your family history project. From the first step, you'll get writing and organization tips for defining what your project will be, how to outline it, and then get started.

The course offers:

  • Four video classes on how to outline your family story, how to get started with your writing, and how to publish your completed family history book
  • Seven written lessons on how to write your family history, from creating a plot with momentum to looking for source information and background for your project
  • Consultations with published writer Sunny Jane Morton—ask questions and get personalized feedback on your story outline from a published writer and author
  • Come away with an full outline of your family history story
  • Unlimited viewing: Your all-access pass gets you into the workshop all week—you can even download the videos to watch again later or view ones you missed, so the learning doesn't end after the week is up.
  • Make your own schedule: Because the classes are pre-recorded, you don’t have to show up at a specific time to catch the ones you want—or choose between sessions you’re interested in.
  • Message board discussions: Ask questions and share ideas to apply the research strategies you learn.
  • Convenience: Log in anywhere you can connect to the internet, at whatever times work for you.
  • Lasting Value: You can download the videos and lessons to your desktop to keep and refer back to again and again.

Video Sessions

Outline Your Family History
In this 10-minute video, learn how to create an essential outline for your family story.

Pain Free Family History Writing Projects
The story of your own or your family’s history is likely to be the most personal, emotionally satisfying and overwhelming writing project you’ll ever undertake. Ease your exasperation with these easy and accessible genealogy writing activities.

Building Your Family Tree Book
In this 30-minute video, learn to build a solid foundation for your book, how to piece together images, documents and research into a full manuscript.

Print On Demand Vendors
In this 30-minute video, learn how to self-publish your family history book with through these print-on-demand vendors.

Written Lessons

Finding Your Subjects
A. Whose stories do you want to tell?
B. Are you sharing everything or focusing on a specific theme?
C. Starting a dateline and identifying historical themes

Understanding Your Audience
A. To whom are you telling these stories?
B. Understanding audience and purpose
I. Messages, themes, morals
C. Understanding perspective

Using Your Research
A. How will you incorporate your genealogical research in the book?
I. Using genealogical and historical research
II. Using historical details
III. Establishing time and place
B. If gaps in your research exist, how will you fill them?

Shaping Your Story

A. Scenes and chapters
I. Plotting and planning your story
II. Your opening scene: How to hook the reader
B. Using techniques such as dialogue
C. What’s next?

First Draft Techniques
A. Dealing with the “fear factor”
B. Ignore perfection -- just write!

Keep Going!
A. Use your “first draft” techniques to keep writing

Second Drafts
A. Reading with a critical eye
B. Editing and reordering
C. Finding emerging themes

The Next Chapter
A. Use your “first draft” techniques to keep writing
B. Final thoughts

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R7805
Product Type Course
Skill Level Intermediate
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