Course Four – Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

UpcomingCourse Four – Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

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    Course Four $545.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
    March 6, 2021
  • Course Four
    July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Course Four — Writing and Publishing for Genealogists

Registration opens Saturday, 6 March 2021 at 2:30pm ET

[Maximum: 30 students]

Course Coordinator

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

Description

Students registering for this course should be experienced family historians who want to develop skills for preparing compiled genealogies, articles, books, and reports. In activity-based classes, they will develop skills in writing, documentation, organizing, and self-editing and learn how to prepare products for publication in print and online. Besides activities, discussions, and lectures, the course will include three homework assignments. Before the course begins registered students will receive two articles to analyze and study. They also should bring a 500-word genealogical writing sample in a Microsoft Word–compatible format.

Prerequisites, textbooks, and other student information

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should be experienced genealogical researchers interested in writing genealogical articles and books.

Course requirements: Students taking this course should bring with them to the course a 500-word writing sample (excluding documentation) on any genealogical or historical topic.

Required textbooks:

Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards 2nd ed. Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry.com, 2019.

*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, 2008.

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 for reference during the course.

Recommended textbooks:

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
10:30 – 11:00 Introductions (T. Jones)
11:00 – 12:15 Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote, Part 1 (T. Jones)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote, Part 2 (T. Jones)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Writing as You Go (E. Powell)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Resources for Genealogical Writers (T. Jones)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework 1 Debriefing (T. Jones)
11:00 – 12:15 Editing Yourself, Part 1 (T. Jones)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Editing Yourself, Part 2 (T. Jones)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Creating Readable Prose (T. Jones)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Ethics for Genealogical Writers (T. Jones)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework 2 Debriefing (T. Jones)
11:00 – 12:15 Learn by Receiving Peer Review (McGhie)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Avoiding Common Mistakes in Genealogical Writing (K. Jones)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Organizing Your Ancestors in a Genealogical Format, Part 1 (T. Jones)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Organizing Your Ancestors in a Genealogical Format, Part 2 (T. Jones)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework 3 Debriefing (T. Jones)
11:00 – 12:15 Writing Articles for Publication (T. Jones)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Deconstructing a Peer-Reviewed Article (McGhie)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Working with a Traditional Publisher (K. Jones)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Analytical Writing: Client Reports, Proof Summaries, and Similar Works (T. Jones)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 Aesthetics of Writing (T. Jones)
11:45 –12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 Marketing Your Self-Published Materials (K. Jones)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Review of Student Project 3; Closing Activities and Remarks (T. Jones)

 

Course Faculty

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, Course Coordinator
Karen Maurer Jones, CG®, FGBS, FUGA
Angela Packer McGhie, CG®, FUGA
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM

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