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Course 4 Schedule

Crystal Dean, Richard Sims, and Helen Ruth Sims Course 4:
Writing and Publishing for Genealogists


This course covers publishing on the Internet, writing articles for publication, organizing book materials, commercial publishing and other pertinent information for genealogical writing and publishing.

Faculty:


Textbooks:
  1. Required:
    • Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane, and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2000 (or any edition).
    • Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2012 (or any edition).

  2. Recommended:
    • Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself : A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.
    • Strunk, William and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. Allyn and Bacon, 1999 (or any other edition).
    • University of Chicago Press. Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.


Requisites: Open to anyone interested in genealogical writing and publishing. Students should bring a 500-word writing sample on a genealogical topic.


Course Schedule:

Monday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Class Orientation and Preliminary Remarks (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Introduction to the Dreaded Footnote (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Essential Resources for Genealogical Writers (Jones)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Writing as You Go (Powell)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Creating Readable Prose (Jones)
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 1 (Footnoting Exercise) (Jones)
Tuesday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Student Project 1 Due; Discussion of Project Results (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Analytical Writing: Client Reports, Proof Summaries, and Other 'Unpublished' Works (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Editing Yourself (session 1) (Jones)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Editing Yourself (session 2) (Jones)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Context (Colletta)
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 2 (Editing Exercise) (Jones)
Wednesday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Student Project 2 Due; Discussion of Project Results (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Ethics for Genealogical Writers (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling (Colletta)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Organizing Your Ancestors in Genealogical Format (Session 1) (Jones)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Organizing Your Ancestors in Genealogical Format (Session 2) (Jones)
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Assignment of Student Project 3 (Formatting Exercise) (Jones)
Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Student Project 3 Due; Discussion of Project Results (Jones)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Writing Articles for Publication (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Commercial Publishing: From Proposal to Product (Colletta)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Snares and Pitfalls of Writing a Narrative Family History (Colletta)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Afternoon Break
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Using Microsoft Word as a Writing Tool (Powell)
Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.: Aesthetics of Writing: Using Visual Impact to Deliver Your Message (Jones)
  • 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Marketing Your Self-Published Materials (Scott)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Review of Student Project 3; Closing Remarks and Distribution of Certificates (Jones)



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