HGF Fall Seminar on Writing Your Family History
Genealogists know a great deal about discovering their family histories using records, DNA, photographs, and maps but what about writing their family stories. In this three-session workshop you will learn how to put together a plan for your family histories, what to consider before you write, and how to structure, write, and share these stories.
Part 1 -Getting Ready to Write
We'll take an overview look at the family history writing genre, set up some processes and best practices for getting ready to write and look at how to find the stories in your research. What you'll learn:
- Understanding Your Writing Options
- What is a Family History Story?
- Creating an Organized Writing Process
- The Building Blocks of a Family History Story
- Finding the P.A.T.H from Research to Story
Part 2 -Bringing Your Ancestors to Life on the Page
We'll look at the creative writing skills needed to create a family history story that reads like a novel. Learn how to transport your reader back in time and bring your ancestor to life on the page. What you'll learn:
- The Elements of a Scene
- Description & Dialogue
- Using Social History to Fill in the Gaps
- Weaving Summary and Scene Together
Part 3 - Creating a Story Outline & Writing Plan
Learn how to outline your family history story from beginning to end. Use Lynn's family history story map and her 10 Key Scenes Template to help structure a page-turning story. What you'll learn:
- 10 Key Scenes to Structure a Story
- The Family History Story Map
- Creating a Storyboard
- How to Write Your Story in 30 Minutes a Day.
Lynn Palermo is The Armchair Genealogist, a genealogy educator, author and family history writing coach. Lynn provides family historians practical guidance in researching and writing their family history. She helps family historians shape their genealogy into sharable stories through her webinars, workshops, workbooks and one-on-one coaching.
Registration: Online attendance will be available for all HGF monthly meetings. Unless new Covid restrictions are warranted, you may also also attend in-person at Bayland. More meeting information will available in September.