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Start Writing your Family History

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A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons

with Brenda L. Smith

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions. Participants must have email/attachment capacity and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Start Searching your Family History or approval from the Instructor

Please pre-register by calling 604-598-7327, or emailing familyhistory@surrey.ca  
Payment required upon registration.

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle
Examine the basics of writing practice including: audience identification, choosing a genre, identifying the topic.

Lesson 2: Organize to Write
Explore organizational approaches, citation, and apply standards of proof. Practice cooperative evaluation techniques.

Lesson 3: Get it on Paper
Move from research to writing mode. Practice creating documents and discussing evidence.

Lesson 4: Edit
Decide what to use, what to eliminate, what to rewrite, what to save for next time.

Lesson 5: Publish
Discuss the publishing process in preparation for larger projects: including print and multimedia.