The Family History Writing Studio

Writing a Family History Scene

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


Learn to bring your family history stories to life by adding action, detail, description and dialogue to your writing. Learn to write narrative nonfiction using scenes and summary.

Next Class Begins May 8, 2018


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In this new 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.

7 reviews for Writing a Family History Scene

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    kim (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed completing this course in “Writing a Family History Scene” and would recommend it to all aspiring family history writers. It is inspiring when you can see yourself and your fellow students improve so much by the end of the course. Lynn’s teachings have given us the tools to carefully craft our stories for the enjoyment by our families. I have learnt so much.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Denise (verified owner)

    This course opened my eyes to scene structure. My writing improved immensely once I had the right tools and guidance to build a scene properly. This is my second Family History Writing Studio course and it will not be my last. Between Lynn’s excellent guidance and the input from the other students, it was in interactive learning experience I highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of writing a family history narrative. In order to any job properly, you need the right tools and, in my opinion, this is the place to build your toolbox.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sara (verified owner)

    This was the first writing course I’ve ever taken and it was definitely worth the investment. I had started working on a family history book but was spinning my wheels because I didn’t really know the best way to tell the story. I learned that constructing a scene is imperative to writing a family history that will engage the reader without boring them with lists of names and dates. We can take cues from fiction writers to bring the stories of real people to life. Thanks Lynn for your hard work on this course and the personal feedback.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Cappelle (verified owner)

    This was a challenging course for me. But I highly recommend it for anyone thinking about writing their family history. The challenge was good for me and Lynn was so helpful and encouraging along the way. I especially how Lynn took us thru each step, week-by-week. By the end, all of us taking the class had really improved.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ann (verified owner)

    Take this course! Your family history stories will never be the same. My ancestors came to life through showing them in action and the 3 D’s, detail, description, and dialogue. Lynn’s videos, worksheets and handouts imparted a whole lot of knowledge in just 6 short weeks. Be sure to make use of the on-line forum to share your assignments, not only with Lynn, but other class participants. You learn and grow together to become better writers. The forum gives you an opportunity to offer constructive feedback to others and receive comments on your work. It’s invaluable along with Lynn’s guidance. I really enjoyed this course. I’m more confident now in my writing. Thanks Lynn!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pam Chambers (verified owner)

    This is the first online writing course I have done and what a good choice! It is excellent. I was surprised by how much I learned over six weeks. Lynn’s advice and guidance was invaluable and the comments from fellow students helpful. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to write an interesting and entertaining family history.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan (verified owner)

    This course has helped me so much! Learning how to make my ancestors become real living, breathing people on paper will insure that my children and grandchildren will know these ancestors as I do. Lynn shared her knowledge and expertise through videos, handouts, assignments, and comments. Class members shared with each other, and we all became better writers because of this experience. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to really tell the history of their family.

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