The Write Stuff - Directed Writing Study Group
You've put a lot of blood, sweat, tears and time into researching your family, but if you don't write up and share what you have found it will all be for nought. But perhaps you don't feel comfortable writing, don't know how to start, and/or feel you lack skills to let you write well. That's what this group is for. The Write Stuff is intended to provide education in writing skills as well as peer encouragement and review to get you moving and keep you moving on writing your family history.
Facilitator: Nancy Niles Wehner, CG
Co-facilitators: Harve Wolfe, Marie Housman, Tedi Lojewksi
2020 Meetings: March 9, 23 (CANCELLED), April 6, 27, then the third Monday of each month after that, except December.
Peer Writing Groups
Peer writing groups are intended for people who aready have significant writing skills and are writing for their themselves, their family, magazines, journals or any other format. A peer writing group provides a venue to have your writing read by additional genealogists who can then provide constructive feedback on what you have written: completeness, flow, logic, consistency, grammar and spelling, and source citations (where that applies). Peer groups will be limited to five people per group - new groups will be started anytime a group reaches that limit. Experience shows that five is a good number in terms of getting diverse feedback, as a cross-check on the consistency of the feedback, and ensuring that in spite of everyone's busy schedules at least three people will be able to provide feedback in a timely manner. At least one person in each peer review group will have significant genealogical writing experience.
If you are interested in being part of a peer writing group, contact Nancy Wehner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll get you into a group.
One-on-One Writing Assistance
One-on-one writing assistance is intended for those who are interested in writing for a regional or national level magazine or journal but have never been through the process before. Writing at this level takes significant skill (both in genealogical research and in writing), a subject of interest for a general readership and that will be of interest to an editor for inclusion in their journal, and LOTS of patience. The elapsed time from an expressed interest by an editor in your proposal to actual publication is typically 1-2 years.
The genealogy skill level consistent with being able to successfully publish at this level are represented by the skill sets for Intermediate or Advanced genealogists (see general Education information).
If you are interested in trying to write at this level, contact Nancy Wehner (email@example.com) and we'll pair you up with an experienced person who can help guide you through the process.