Plotting a Family History Story
We make family history writing easy with a story plan.
Learn to Outline the Story Before You Write
Students learn to identify the story they want to tell from the beginning to the end. They learn about storyboards and arcs and how to use them in planning their family history story. Students will work through each stage of a story identifying the important scenes so that they can organize them into a suspenseful and compelling fashion.
"Students will walk away with a storyboard plan ready to help them write their next story and the tools to create any plot outline they want as they continue to write their family history stories."
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE
We keep our classes small and intimate for maximum learning
This is for you if...
- You're not sure how to shape your story with a beginning middle and end.
- You want to learn to shape your stories so they provide a suspenseful and compelling read.
- You want to learn more than just writing a chronological narrative.
- You want to understand the different kinds of scenes and how to recognize them in your research.
Learn to Use a Storyboard and Create a Storyline
Look at what you'll learn
Finding the Story
Learn the key elements needed to find a story. What makes a great story and how to find them in your research.
Key Story Scenes
Learn the key scenes that are needed at critical junctures in every story. Learn how they add suspense to your story and identify them in your research.
Layers of a Story
Learn to layer your story with action, theme and emotional journey. Learn to provide your reader with more than 'a just the facts ma'am' narrative.
Learn what makes a great beginning, what will capture the attention of your reader, how to hold that attention long enough to get them hooked.
Learn what comes in the middle. How to keep your readers engaged and the story moving along.
Learn how to end your story, how to satisfy your reader, how to set up the ending for future stories and how to leave them wanting more.
Before You Plot Your Story
This course requires that you have a solid understanding of scenes and summary. We ask that you know what scenes are and how to write them. Therefore, it is recommended that you take Writing a Family History Scene prior to this course. If you feel you have a solid grasp of scene writing email Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org for admittance to this class.
But I'm Not Ready to Write
Still Researching. That's ok. The best time to begin to learn to write your family history is before you are ready to write. The process will help you to understand the components of writing a story and help you to dentify those components as you continue your research.
Soo Many Ancestors. You have a lot of ancestors and your still not done researching all those ancestors.That's ok as too. It's best to start with one ancestor and one story. Start small. Don't make your first attempt at writing a family history story when you decide to write an all encompassingfamily history book. Learn to write small stories along the way as you uncover them. They'll be fresh in your mind and you get a chance to develop your writing skills before the big book.
Overcoming Gaps. You've got giant gaps in your family history. You can't tell a story because of these missing pieces. Stories don't always have to be a life to death tale. There are great stories within your ancestor's lifetime but they don't have to incorporate a lifetime. A story that encompasses an event, a few pivotal years, a time of migration or of important turbulance or obstacles often make the best stories.
Here's What Some of Our Past Students Have To Say
"...I have a good outline to work from"
"without having completed the “writing scene” and plotting course, my writing would not be where it is now. I have gained so much. The “Plotting a Family History Story” course has forced me to live in the head of my Great Grandfather for six weeks and in doing so, I think I know him better than anyone I know. It has also helped me organize the many little stories I have about his life into an interesting story for family to keep." Rose
"well organized, I couldn't help but learn!!!"
This has been such a fantastic class and I’ve learned so much thanks to you, Lynn. The class was so well organized I couldn’t help but learn!!! Thanks as well to all my classmates who made such great comments and suggestions each week
…being mostly a writer of poetry and prose, I would never have even attempted to write this story without this class and for the same reason would never have written a scene either. My confidence arc shot way up! Thank you, all!"
"The writing process doesn't seem as overwhelmng and scary as it once did."
"This was a fantastic followup to the Writing a Family History Scene course. The writing process doesn’t seem as overwhelming and scary as it once did. I was able to wrangle a whopper of a family history story into a concise and hopefully moving tale that has flow and direction. Now it’s time to write!"
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Do I have to be online at a specific time each week?
No, each Tuesday the classes are available online for download. You complete the classes in your own free time. However, there are small exercises that due have deadlines attached to them.
Can I access the material after the course has concluded?
Absolutely, all the class material is available in downloadable format. You can save the material to your computer. View it any time you like as you continue your writing after the class has ended.
What if I don't have a lot of computer experience?
Our online classroom is easy to maneueour. You will receive a video prior to the start of your first class to help you get comfortable with the format. Your coach Lynn is only an email away if you need help. She's very patient.
Do I need to complete the exercises and participate in the forum discussions.
Of course not, but the more you put into the class the more you will get out of the class. The best way to improve your writing is through learning in a group setting, giving and getting constructive feedback. We know it can be scary the first time but we are here to help you with that.
Register Now for Our Online Course
Plotting a Family History Story
Our next class begins May 23, 2017.