The Family History Writing Studio
What We Are All About
The Family History Writing Studio takes its inspiration from The Family History Writing Challenge. Launched by Lynn Palermo in 2010, The Challenge grew out of a need felt by the readers at The Armchair Genealogist. Lynn provides members of The Challenge with one month of intense learning and writing focus through the month of February. During the first five years, The Challenge community grew to over 1000 members. At the end of each Challenge, members continued to seek out guidance, learning and accountability from Lynn. It was also apparent that not all writers were working at the same level and there was great diversity in how they wanted to learn. We wanted to create a learning environment that would meet the variety of writer’s lifestyles and schedules, as well as the diverse skills they were looking to learn.
Therefore, when developing The Family History Writing Studio we enlisted the help of multi-media tools to not only address a variety of topics, but flexible enough to meet busy schedules and a variety of learning styles.
Our Goal for Family History Writers
We believe that family history stories should be educational but also entertaining and inspirational. Family history narratives have the opportunity to not only convey the facts of a family history but deliver them in an entertaining and engaging fashion. Once you’ve drawn your reader in through a compelling story, they become engaged and open to learning more about who they are and how they got here.
The FHWriting Studio is here to help family history writers achieve this goal by providing a variety of workbooks, webinars, courses and coaching.
Our mission is to inspire and nuture family historians to become writers, to encourage knowledge and self-confidence, to write engaging narratives to share with family, one ancestor, one story at a time.
What's in the Writing Studio
Workbooks - Our series of Family History Writing Workbooks are designed to build on one another. Each workbook looks at one aspect of writing your family history narratives. Filled with worksheets, they will help you apply the various elements of creative nonfiction to your own research and ancestors.
Webinars - On-demand webinars work nicely with our workbooks. They provide exercises and examples to expand on the workbook content. They are designed for you to watch over and again at your convenience. There will also be stand alone content, addressing a variety of needs family history writers face.
Courses - Our online courses are designed for writers who want to have a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of writing in a more intimate environment. Lessons will be delivered in a variety of formats from downloadable worksheets, workbooks and videos. All courses include private groups and forums to bring the class together for discussions and critiques with the teacher. Classes are small to provide a more personal learning environment.
Personal Coaching - If you're nervous about sharing in a group environment then personal coaching might be more your style. In our personal coaching section, Lynn offers a couple of options to work privately work with her, whether it be to brainstorm your story or book or for a critique of your written narrative.
The Family History Writing Studio is designed to meet the needs of individuals and writing groups. We're happy to adapt a plan to suit your genealogical society or writing group. See our writing group page for more information.
Lynn Palermo is a family historian and passionate family history writer. As the owner and writer of The Armchair Genealogist, it’s here you’ll find her most days blogging; offering readers practical advice on researching and writing their family history.
As a freelance writer, she has written for Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History and Family Chronicles. The Armchair Genealogist is named one of the Top 40 Genealogy Blogs by Family Tree Magazine. Her posts, on occasion, have been featured on The National Genealogical Society website along with other major websites across the web.
For the past 5 years, she has been coaching family historians in writing family history narratives in The Family History Writing Challenge. Lynn continues to expand her own knowledge of the craft of writing as she works through a Creative Writing Certificate with The University of Toronto. She also continues with her own writing endeavors of family history stories, ebooks, and a future commercial novel.
Lynn is the proud author of her family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors. Lynn has now combined her love for writing family history stories and helping writers in The Family History Writing Studio, expanding her workbooks series, to include webinars and online courses.
Join Lynn in The Family History Writing Studio, she’s ready to help you write your stories.