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. You’ve collected oral histories, personal memories, journal entries, photographs, letters and countless other documents—now find out how to weave them together into a compelling story.
In the first half of this course, you’ll craft an outline for your book and start putting your family’s legacy down on paper. The second half of this course is a workshop, in which you’ll share your writing with the instructor and receive feedback on how to move forward.
PRAISE FOR THIS CLASS
“This course is wonderfully inspiring. The way it unfolds is key to getting a story/book published. Thank you so much. I’m using the timeline and getting the chapters down in order, preparing to write them later on in the course. I can’t praise you and the course enough. Thanks, thanks, thanks!” — Karen J.
“I love this week’s homework.”
“This course has really helped me and pushed me forward tremendously. What a learning experience.” — Sonja H.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- How to define the scope, audience and purpose of your writing project
- How to outline the content of an entire book
- How to create a narrative structure or plot with momentum
- How to incorporate genealogical research into your work
- How to use creative techniques to make your narrative more interesting
- How to write beginning, middle and ending chapters
- How to edit and revise your own work to publishable quality
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
- Family historians seeking writing advice
- Writers who want to focus on a family history project
- Anyone who could use support in getting writing projects off the ground
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES
- A general idea of what you might like to write your book about.