A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann
Join us on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm,
for our next Family History Writing special interest group meeting
We hold our Family History Writing special interest group meetings at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. To join us and for more information, contact email@example.com. Visit the Events page for information about the date, time and location of our meetings.
The goal of our Family History Writing SIG is to learn how to organize our research to prepare for writing and to encourage each other to write our family history.
No writing experience is necessary to join us, just a desire to write your family stories. You must be a member of QFHS and prepared to submit short writing assignments from time to time.
At some meetings, we read and comment on each other's assignment. At other meetings, we learn how to improve our writing from guest speakers.
We meet the last Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July, August and December. Visit Events to learn when our next meeting takes place and who to contact to join.
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order.
— Jean Luc Godard
Be well organized.
Organize your files and research.
Decide on the structure and limits of your project.
Write an outline.
Question every statement you make in your writing.
Cite your sources.
Back up your work regularly
Members of the Family History Writing SIG pose for their first meeting.
Peck's English Pointers, available online on Public Works and Government Services Canada's website, is a collection of articles spanning English grammar, punctuation, usage and clarity. Editor and writer Frances Peck looks at some of the most common errors, weaknesses and uncertainties that plague writers of English, from who and whom to hyphens, from commas to plain language, and from usage woes to grammar myths. Public Works and Government Services Canada also provides Clefs du français pratique about French grammar.
Resources in the QFHS library
Our library offers a selection of books to help genealogists write their family history and interview relatives.
The Armchair Genealogist, blogger Lynn Palermo, explains how to create an outline and format your story to include plot, characters, settings, and themes in her free 15-minute webinar, The Family History Story Map. For more information about webinars, visit our Online Genealogist page.
The Armchair Genealogist inspires and offers tools to family historians who want to research and write their family's story. Every February, Blogger Lynn Palermo launches a month-long writing challenge to help aspiring writers overcome the fear of writing.