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Writing for Genealogy: Articles, Blogs, Research Reports and so much more
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Writing is an essential part of the work of a professional genealogist. Whether you choose to lecture, research for clients, or write content for others, it is important to not only know how to write but to understand how to incorporate various kinds of writing into your business. This course looks at the different types of writing you may do as a working genealogist and gives tips for resources to help further your knowledge of writing. In this course we will examine continuing education, writing client reports, business writing, writing for societies and for editors.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• Note about Web Addresses
• Websites
 
Introduction to Writing
• Have you asked yourself what makes a good writer?
 
Education
 
Books and Websites
• Books
• Websites
• College Courses
• The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
• Writer’s Digest University
 
Improving Your Skills Through Writing Groups and Writing Practice
• Benefits of Writing Groups
 
ypes of Writing Groups
• Writing Practice Groups
• Read and Critique Groups
• Writer Support Group
• Writing Workshops
• Project Based Writing Groups
• Boot Camp Writing Groups
 
What to Know about Writing Groups
Creating a Writing Group
 
Professional Organizations and Writer’s Resources
• Professional Organizations
• Australian Society of Authors
• Chicago Writer’s Association
• The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
• Military Writers Society of America
• The National Association of Writer’s Groups U.K.
 
Writer’s Resources
• The Writer Magazine
• Writer’s Digest Magazine
 
Final Thoughts
 

Module 2
Writing World Online
Websites
 
Introduction to Writing Online
• Blogs
• Blogging Tips
 
Social Media
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Google+
• Other Social Media Avenues
 
Marketing
 
Website Content
• About Us
• Your Uniqueness
• About Us Example Conten
• Contact Information
• Products and Service
• Events
• Example Events Page Content
• Example Lectures Content Page
• Example Disclosure Policy Content
• Validation
• Resources
• Other considerations
 
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
 

Module 3
Business of Genealogy Writing
• Websites
• Required Reading
 
Introduction to Genealogy Business Writing
 
Writing Your Bio
• Identify your audience
• Write in third person
• Three types of bios
• What goes into a bio?
• Bio Examples
 
Correspondence and Proposal Writing
• Example 1
• Example 2
• Tips on Correspondence and Proposal Writing
 
Lectures
• Speaking Contracts
• Steps to Creating a Lecture
• Components of a Lecture
• PowerPoint Slides
• Example Slides from “Engaging the Next Generation”
• Syllabus Materials
• Example Syllabus for “Engaging the Next Generation”
• Speaking Notes
• Additional Lecture and Workshop Resources
 
Final Thoughts on Lectures
Case Studies and Proof Analysis
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books

 

Module 4
Writing for Societies and Organizations
• Websites
 
Introduction to Writing Societies & Organizations
 
Writing for Organizations
• Agenda
• Example Agenda for Seminar Day Meeting
• President’s Report
• Example President’s Report for Newsletter
• Secretary Minutes
• Tips for Taking Minutes
• Tips for Writing Minutes
• Distribution of Minutes
 
Indexing Projects
• Starting an Online Project
• Starting a Printed Project
 
Transcription, Abstract, and Extract Projects
• Transcription
• Abstracts
• Extracts
 
Writing and Editing
• An Editor’s Duties
• Layout Considerations
 
Writing Contests
• Groups with Writing Contests
• General Guidelines for Creating a Writing Contest
• Create Categories
• Submission Style
• Set Deadlines
• Set Boundaries
• Judging
• Marketing the Contest
 
Final Thoughts
 

Module 5
Research Reports
• Websites
• Required Reading
 
Standards for a Genealogical Research Report
• Why do we need a proper genealogical report?
 
Types of Reports
• Narrative Type of Report
• Report Formatted by a Genealogical Program
• Letter Report
• Formal Report
 
Essential Elements of a Formal Report
• The Working Background
• The Body of the Report
• Closing
• Technical and Other Hints
• Style guides
• Format
• Number your pages
• Appearance and style
• Paper
• Word processing assistance
• Enclosures
 
Citing Your Sources
• Citation Components and Elements
• Core Elements for Original Sources
• Core Elements for Derivative Sources
• Core Elements for Online Sources
• Citation Examples
• Suggestions For Census Returns
• Suggestions For Other Sources
• Book and bibliographic citation
• Article in journal or magazine
• Letter
• Email
• Listserve message
• Website
• Database
 
Bibliography Notes
• Books
• Articles
 

Module 6
Articles, Books, and Courses
• Websites
 
Introduction to Writing Articles, Books & More
Articles and Guides
 
Photo and Document Captions
• Caption Tips
• Caption Examples
 
Who To Write For
• Australian Family Tree Connections
• Discover Your Ancestors
• Family Chronicle
• Family Tree Magazine
• The In-Depth Genealogist
• Internet Genealogy
• Irish Lives Remembered
• Irish Root
• National Genealogical Society or Other Societies
• Who Do You Think You Are?
 
Writing Guides
• Legacy Family Tree
• Genealogical.com
 
Article Idea Pitch Components
 
Educational Courses
• The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
• Local Societies and Libraries
 
Book Projects
• Family Histories
• What to Include in a Family History
• Biography
• An Entire Family History
• Photo Books
• Personal Book Projects
• Branching Out: Genealogy for Kids
• eBooks
 
Publishing Routes
Final Thoughts
Additional Resources
 
 

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