The Family History Writing Studio

Writing the Family History Scene

Begins October 31, 2017, 6-week course.

In this course, we focus our attention on turning the events of our ancestor’s life into scenes. Scenes are the hallmark of engaging stories. Without them, our stories are dry and lifeless. Through our six weeks together, we look at the difference between scene and summary. We cover the various elements required to write a scene including description, dialogue, and conflict. We learn to add layers of emotion and theme to our scenes. By the end, family history writers will have a full understanding of scene writing and will be on their way to practicing and improving their scenes to write engaging family history stories. We keep these classes small so that we can critique each other’s work, get one on one help, and learn from each other.

2 STUDENTS ENROLLED

It’s not easy turning the events in your ancestor’s life in action scenes that will engage your readers. In this new course, we focus our attention on scene writing. We look at the difference between scene and summary. We cover the various elements required to write a scene, description, dialogue, and conflict. We learn to add layers of emotion and theme to our scenes. At then end of this six-week course, family history writers will have a full understanding of scene writing and will be on their way to practicing and improving their scene writing skills.

 

Course Curriculum

What is a Scene
The Building Blocks of Family History Stories 00:00:00
The Structure of Creative Nonfiction 00:08:00
The Yellow Highlighter Test 00:00:00
What’s in a Scene? 00:00:00
Scene Elements Worksheet 00:00:00
Assignment 1 – Identifying Your Scene 00:00:00
Writing a Scene
Reading: Oh, Beautiful 00:00:00
How to Write Family History Scene 00:18:00
Assignment 2 – A Scribble Scene 00:00:00
Characterization - Understanding Your Ancestors Inside and Out
Characterization Video 00:00:00
Assignment – Expanding Your Scribble Draft 00:00:02
The Three D's of Scene - Description, Detail and Dialogue
The Three D’s – Description, Detail, and Dialogue 00:00:00
How to Use Your Senses 00:00:00
Creating a Sense of Place 00:00:00
Imagery 00:00:00
Turn Telling into Showing 00:00:00
Bringing Dialogue to Your Story 00:17:00
Layers of Scene - Action, Theme, Inner Journey
Bringing it All Together 00:00:00
Three Layers of Story 00:00:00
Theme vs. Motif 00:00:00
Inner Journey Resources 00:00:00
Revision and Endings
Polishing it Up 00:00:00
Ending a Scene 00:00:00
Transitions 00:00:00

Course Reviews

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  1. Writing a Family History Scene

    5

    This course was definitely worth taking. It got me started on my writing journey about my ancestors which I kept putting off before. Each lesson is well thought out and very thorough. I now understand how important Lynn’s suggestions are for making a scene about my ancestors really come alive. So worthwhile! Thank you Lynn.

  2. Scenes - oh boy - I learned so much

    4

    Aspiring to share my family genealogy and being tickled by my imagination brought me to Lynn Palermo’s Writing the Family History Scene. Conflicted as many family historians are, I struggled for years to give myself permission to elaborate on the ‘facts’ of my ancestor stories. I will never know what really happened or how they truly felt yet, with an honest intent, I have now learned how to offer the possibility and plausibility while writing a story showing how my ancestor’s life might have been. I am really fired up now, laying out 29 more scenes.
    The course material was offered in layers taking my initial attempt, which I was quite happy with, then adding richness, interest, emotion and so much more. I became more comfortable with writing technique and have a good start to shaping a book about my Great Grandparents.
    Some of the interfaces took extra steps – such as moving through log in to my course to continue course to get to the specific forums, however, it was manageable. Kudos to all the other participants for their efforts over the last six weeks. I saw great developments in their scenes too. Lynn is a positive and encouraging force helping me see where my story could get better.

  3. Great Class!

    5

    I never thought I’d be able to write an historical narrative scene. This class has changed my mind – I look forward to taking more classes from the Family History Writing Studio.

  4. Writing the Family History Scene

    5

    This course has helped me to develop my writing skills to a great degree. I have been trying to write my family’s story for a long time, but could never seem to write it in such a way as to interest my non-genealogy family. In just a few weeks, I have learned so much about telling the story and making it interesting with the use of descriptions and dialog — two areas that never sounded “real” in the past.
    This is the second class I have taken with Lynn and I am looking forward to the next — Plotting a Family Story.

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