Course Four — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

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  • Course Four — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists
    July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 11:30 am ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 30 students]

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Course Coordinator

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

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, 3rd ed. rev. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017.
  • Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. Elements of Style (any edition).

*Books that will be needed during the course.

Recommended textbooks

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

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words.
  • Any usage dictionary.

 

Course Schedule

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Course Faculty

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

John Philip Colletta, PhD

Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

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