Share your writing with like-minded writers
Sure you can share your writing with family and friends and ask them to give you feedback but they tend to be bias and tell you what you want to hear. They also can't necessarily give you suggestions on how to fix a story problem. Get help from writers who understand family history writing and the struggles we uniquely face.
Be accountable and meet your deadlines
It's so easy to procrastinate. Yes, you can give yourself a deadline, but when others are expecting to read your work on a monthly basis you'll find yourself focused and on task.
Learn from other family history writers
Reading other writers' work can be quite valuable in your own writing journey. We can learn a great deal about how other writers handle a variety of situations when it comes to family history writing. Don't overlook the value of reading the work of your peers.
Be one of Lynn's beta readers, or create your own beta reader group.
Lynn's in the middle of working on some projects and she'll eventually need some beta readers. She'll be starting a beta reader group for these stories and books. Only Inner Circle Members can be her beta readers. You can read her completed drafts and give your feedback before they go to print. In other words, the teacher becomes the student.
Tools to help you stay focused and finish your stories
Global Family History Writers
Tips, Tools and Writing Habits
Lynn offers advice on focus, writing habits and self-confidence in a bi-weekly podcast. She'll also share her current writing journey experiences. Exclusive to Inner Circle Members.
Create a Group
Start your own beta readers group to read, edit and give feedback on your completed story or book.
Feedback from Writers
Get feedback from other family history writers who understand the craft of writing family history stories. Don't rely on your family and friends who tend to tell you what you want to hear.
Read Lynn's Stories
Lynn will create a beta readers' group for her projects. Jump in on the opportunity to read Lynn's stories before they're published and offer feedback and advice. The teacher becomes the student.
First In Line
Don't miss out. Inner Circle members are first in line for all new courses.
Creator and your host in The Family History Writing Studio, Lynn has been guiding students through the narrative nonfiction writing process. For the past 3 years she's helped hundreds of family historians craft their stories but also share them in a supportive and nurturing environment so that they can grow as writers. Lynn is the author of her own family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors, and she knows all too well the challenges genealogists face in shaping their research into narratives but also finding time in a busy life to reach deadlines and finish projects.
In the spring of 2018, Lynn will be finishing a certificate in creative writing with the University of Toronto. She will then begin to compile her next commercial book that will involve a collection of family history stories that will serve as examples to her students and the genealogy community of interesting, compelling and true life narratives.
She's excited to help you on your writing journey and invites you to tag along on hers.
We want you to succeed and get the most from the Studio. Check below to see if you're ready for the Inner Circle.
This is a new project in the beta stages, therefore an introductory price is warranted for students who want to help develop and shape the Inner Circle Program.
A limited number of spots at this price, for a limited time only.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
First, with a large group it becomes difficult to read everyone's work. Limiting the number of posts and the size of the post allows everyone the chance to get feedback plus we want you to spend some time submitting your best work.
Once you purchase a subscription you'll receive an email explaining how to enter the forum to introduce yourself to the group and get started.
No, this group is for those students who have already completed the classes in The Studio and are working on a writing project. The Inner Circle is for developing your writing habits, accountability and getting feedback on your writing. While we are always learning the craft of writing, we want you to come into The Circle with a solid knowledge of narrative nonfiction. If you're not sure you can always submit and example of your writing to Lynn for review.
No, of course not. You can join the Inner Circle for the podcasts and for reading the forum. However, you'll get the most out of the Inner Circle by participating.
This will all depend on how big the group is and how many have posted at any given time. Lynn will try to get to everyone in the course of a month. If she doesn't get to you the first time she will next time around. She'll try to spread herself around so everyone gets feedback. So you may not get feedback from Lynn each and every time you post.
Simply yes. To be a part of the Inner Circle you must give as well as a receive and that's what makes writing groups work. It can't be a one way street. If you are not taking the time to offer thoughtful and insightful critiques you may find yourself not getting any feedback on your own writing.
Once you have finished either a complete story or book that is ready for publishing you can create your own beta readers' group. You can invite readers to be a part of your group where they will read your entire story or book and offer you feedback or edit etc. This allows you to have your own private group for critiquing a finished project.
We prefer that you have taken our classes so that we know you are far enough along in your writing journey and understand narrative nonfiction as well as giving and getting feedback. If you taken classes outside of The Studio and feel you are ready for the Inner Circle Program email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.