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Writing Short Reports - Sharing Your Stories


You’ve been working on your family history for years. You want to write it up, but where should you begin? Doing a complete family history can be overwhelming, so let’s start by writing a short family narrative. Your report can focus on an individual, a family story, your ancestral town, an immigration experience, a family photo, or other topic of your choosing. The objective of this class is to provide the opportunity to write a report of limited scope that you can complete within a short timeframe. The course will offer tips on how to add interest to your chosen story, using context and description, and will cover the mechanics of writing and genealogical best practices to create an effective report.

Before signing up for this class, assemble and organize your research. Spend some time thinking about what you hope to accomplish during the three-week course and submit a brief (1-2 paragraph) description of your project with your course application.

Students must be comfortable with using computers. Class members will be given access to a private classroom forum for the duration of the course. They will have the opportunity to share work in progress, ask questions, and receive constructive advice from the instructor. The forum is open 24/7, and the instructor will answer questions in a timely manner, allowing for differences in time zones. Students should plan to devote at least 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, write their reports, and participate in the forum.

Tuition for this course is $150. Registration will open two weeks before class begins. Class size is limited and enrollment will close when course is full. Please send any questions to Marion Werle, course instructor.

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