It's not easy turning our genealogy research into a story that our family will want to read. In this course, Writing a Family History Scene, you learn how scene writing can transform your facts into page-turning stories.
"You will walk away with the ablility to take any event in your ancestor's life and create an entertaining and engaging scene"
We keep our classes small and intimate for maximum learning
What is a Scene?
Learn the building block of creative nonfiction and how to use scene and summary to write your family history stories.
How to Outline a Scene
Learn how to outline a scene from the ground up. You'll learn to create a scribble draft of your scene identifying the key component before you begin to write.
Learn how to bring your ancestors to life on the page. What do you need to know about them and where do you find that information.
The Three D's of Scene
Learn how to incorporate description, detail and dialogue to your scenes. When to use it, how to use and where to use it.
Layers of a Scene
You learn about the three layers of scene, starting with action and then layering in theme and inner journey. We will also layer our scenes with summary bringing us full circle.
Endings and Revision
Learn what makes a great ending to a scene and how it can add suspense to your story. You'll also look at how to revise and polish your final scene.
You have it within your power to write your family history. Your passion for your ancestor's stories will drive that desire. You just need to be willing to take the next step towards learning the skills to write stories.
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.
"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 learned so much."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our next class begins March 21, 2017.