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Course Four — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

Course Coordinator

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Description

Emphasizing genealogical scholarship, this course covers aspects of writing unique to genealogy, the writing process, materials that genealogists write and publish in print and online, ethics for genealogical writers, commercial publishing, and related information. Students will bring a 500-word writing sample and will receive two articles to study before the course begins.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

Students taking this course should be experienced genealogical researchers interested in writing genealogical articles and books. They should bring with them to the course a 500-word writing sample (excluding documentation) on any genealogical or historical topic.

Required textbooks

any electronic or print version of the following:

  • *Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards. Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry.com, 2014.
  • *Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray, Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society.
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Worcester, Mass.: Merriam Webster, 2004.
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company.
  • Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. Elements of Style.

*Books that will be needed during the course.

Recommended textbooks

any electronic, online, or print version of the following:

  • The Elements of Style, 16th ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words.
  • Any usage dictionary.

Course Schedule

Monday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Course Orientation and Introduction (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote I (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote II (Jones)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Writing As You Go (E. Powell)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Resources for Genealogical Writers (Jones)
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 1: Footnoting Exercise (Jones)

Tuesday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Discussion of Student Project I (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Editing Yourself, Session 1 (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Editing Yourself, Session 2 (Jones)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Creating Readable Prose (Jones)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Ethics for Genealogical Writers (Jones)
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 2: Editing Exercise (Jones)

Wednesday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Discussion of Student Project 2 (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context (Colletta)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling (Colletta)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Organizing Your Ancestors in Genealogical Format, Session 1 (Jones)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Organizing Your Ancestors in Genealogical Format, Session 2 (Jones)
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 3: Formatting Exercise (Jones)

Thursday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Discussion of Student Project 3 (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Writing Articles for Publication (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Commercial Publishing: From Proposal to Product (Colletta)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Snares and Pitfalls of Writing a Narrative Family History (Colletta)
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Analytical Writing: Client Reports, Proof Summaries, and Other “Unpublished” Works (Jones)

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Aesthetics of Writing: Using Visual Impact to Deliver Your Message (Jones)
  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Break
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Marketing Your Self–Published Materials (Scott)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Break
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Review of Student Project 3; Closing Activities and Remarks; Distribution of Certificates (Jones)

Course Faculty

Event Details

Event Begins 23-Jul-2017
Event Ends 28-Jul-2017
Registration Begins 03-Feb-2017 12:30 pm
Registration Ends 30-Jun-2017
Remaining Seats 11
Price $625.00
Location
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 S Lumpkin St Athens, GA 30602 United States
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
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