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Course Four — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

Course Coordinator

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

Registration time is Eastern time zone

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 Chicago Manual 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

Sunday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Course Orientation and Introductions (T. Jones)
  8:30 – 9:45 Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote, Part 1 (T. Jones)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote, Part 2 (T. Jones)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Writing as You Go (E. Powell)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Resources for Genealogical Writers (T. Jones)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 Assignment of Student Project 1: Footnoting Exercise (T. Jones)

Monday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Discussion of Student Project 1: Footnoting Exercise (T. Jones)
  8:30 – 9:45 Editing Yourself, Part 1 (T. Jones)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Editing Yourself, Part 2 (T. Jones)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Creating Readable Prose (T. Jones)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Ethics for Genealogical Writers (T. Jones)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 Assignment of Student Project 2: Editing Exercise (T. Jones)

Tuesday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Discussion of Student Project 2: Editing Exercise (T. Jones)
  8:30 – 9:45 Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context (Colletta)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Principles of Good Writing and Storytelling (Colletta)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Organizing Your Ancestors in a Genealogical Format, Part 1 (T. Jones)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Organizing Your Ancestors in a Genealogical Format, Part 2 (T. Jones)
  4:00 – 4:15 Break
  4:15 – 5:30 Assignment of Student Project 3: Formatting Exercising (T. Jones)

Wednesday

 
  8:00 – 8:30 Discussion of Student Project 3: Formatting Exercise (T. Jones)
  8:30 – 9:45 Writing Articles for Publication (T. Jones)
  9:45 – 10:15 Break
  10:15 – 11:30 Commercial Publishing: From Proposal to Product (Colletta)
  11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 2:15 Snares and Pitfalls of Writing a Narrative Family History (Colletta)
  2:15 – 2:45 Break
  2:45 – 4:00 Analytical Writing: Client Reports, Proof Summaries, and Similar Works (T. Jones)

Thursday

 
  8:00 – 9:15 Aesthetics of Writing: Usual Visual Impact to Deliver Your Message (T. Jones)
  9:15 – 9:30 Break
  9:30 – 10:45 Marketing Your Self-Published Materials (K. Jones)
  10:45 – 11:00 Break
  11:00 – 12:00 Review of Student Project 3: Editing Exercise; Closing Activities and Remarks (T. Jones)
     

Course Faculty

Event Details

Event Begins 02-Jun-2018 9:00 am
Event Ends 07-Jun-2018 12:00 pm
Registration Begins 13-Jan-2018 11:30 am
Registration Ends 06-May-2018 11:55 pm
Remaining Seats 10
Price $600.00
We are no longer accepting registration for this event
$600.00 10

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