Write It Up! A Workshop for Family Historians

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Presenter: Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

We all love to do research. But how do you get started writing up your family stories and the research?

Join fellow genealogists for this intensive two-day writing workshop at the NYG&B. This program is sold-out. To join the wait list, please email education@nygbs.org.

This two-day hands-on workshop gives family historians practice in writing, experience in self-editing, and feedback on their writing samples. Topics focus on gearing up to write, writing processes, and structures and formats specific to genealogical writing. Participants will bring a 500-word genealogical writing sample in an editable format. There is prereading and one overnight homework assignment.

This seven-session workshop includes:

Gearing Up and Getting Started. This session focuses on six essential tools for genealogical writers and the process of starting a writing project.

Shaping Your Writing. Participants will learn about word choice, structuring sentences and paragraphs, reducing word count, and other strategies to improve their genealogical writing’s readability.

Infusing Structure and Flow. Students will learn techniques for structuring genealogical essays with sentences, paragraphs, and sections that flow from one to the next.

Self-editing feedback I. The instructor will “live edit” student writing samples to demonstrate and apply the principles taught in sessions 1–3.

Self-editing Feedback II. The instructor will “live edit” student writing samples to demonstrate and apply the principles taught in sessions 1–3.

Documenting Your Writing. Students will learn how to answer five questions about each source supporting their research conclusions, and then to use those answers to craft citations to document their writing. Citing online sources will receive emphasis.

Creating Genealogy Compilations and Summaries. This session focuses on organizing, structuring, and numbering compiled genealogies and genealogical summaries.

Each session will include at least one hands-on writing activity.

Fee includes seven sessions, morning coffee, soft drinks, and an end of day social gathering. A lunch break is scheduled (neighborhood lunch options abound).

This program has sold out and has a wait list.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations prior to and including sixty days before the event are subject to an administrative fee. Cancellations later than sixty days prior to the event are not refundable. No partial refunds are given if the registrant does not complete the event.

When: 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
NYG&B Conference Room
Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
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