Genealogist's Essential Writing Workshop - November 2023

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Start writing your family history!

November 13, 2023 - November 19, 2023


Course Summary:

Everyone has a story. As a family historian, you're working to tell the story of your ancestors. The hours you put into research generates oral histories, personal memories, old photographs, letters, and countless other records. How do you weave together what you've gathered into a compelling story?

Kick-off National Novel Writing Month with this week-long genealogy writing workshop. It'll provide you with the inspiration to write your ancestors' story and the tools to tell it well. You'll get feedback and advice on your outline, which is key to polishing the final product!


Course Workload:

  • Approx. 8 hours to complete
  • 100% Online using our eLearning Platform
  • 4 video classes (closed captioned)
  • 7 lessons complete with skill-building exercises and quizzes
  • Consultations with published writer Sunny Jane Morton


What You’ll Learn:

  • How to find subjects for your writing
  • How will you incorporate your genealogical research into your writing
  • How to plan and shape your story
  • Techniques for completing your first and seconds drafts of your story


What’s Included:

  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Expert Support from Course Instructor
  • Video Presentations
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Student Discussion Board
  • Downloadable Course Materials


Why take this genealogy writing workshop?

Overall, you'll get a strong foundation for writing your family history project. From the start, you'll get writing and organization tips for defining what your project will be, how to outline it, and then get started. Not to mention, you'll get consultations with Sunny Jane Morton about your writing. You can ask questions and get personalized feedback on your story outline from an accomplished published writer and author.


How FTU courses work:
  • Register for the course on this page
  • On the start date, log into our eLearning platform
  • Access to the course instructor runs until the course end date
  • After the course ends, you can read course materials for one year
  • Instructor and discussion board access will also end when the course concludes, so make sure you reach out and ask questions!


Instructor Bio:

Sunny Jane Morton is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor at, Editor of Ohio Genealogy News and a blogger for She is author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records and Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy.

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