Genealogy Professor Writing Group 2018

Have you been trying to write on your own? Would you like to work with a group of individuals with whom you can share your experiences and learn how to get past your writer’s block to start to put your family’s stories into words? Whatever you are trying to write: an article, a book, a short story, or an essay, the Genealogy Professor Writing Group is the place for you.

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Our group has writers of all levels, working on different kinds of projects. Whether you are an experienced genealogical writer or venturing out for the first time, you will find help and encouragement . . . and answers to your questions.

The writing group meets in a live online classroom once a month. There will be a focused discussion on a particular aspect of writing. Potential topics include:

  • Reading a sample of genealogical writing and discussing it in class.
  • Focusing the subject of your writing
  • Getting past writer’s block
  • Visiting authors/editors/publishers for Q&A sessions
  • How to incorporate writing into your schedule

In addition to the monthly discussion topic, we will also have time to discuss our own work. We will share our frustrations, our solutions, and other issues.

And each student will get personalized feedback on their writing. Each month students can submit a piece of their writing for review by the professor, who will provide feedback on your writing.

Students will also have access to a private discussion group where they can continue the discussion and support each other between sessions.

The discussion will be led by Michael J. Leclerc, CG. Michael has published numerous stories in scholarly journals as well as popular magazines and blogs. He co-edited, with Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, second edition, and edited the fifth edition of the seminal genealogy manual Genealogist’s Guide for New England Research. Most recently he authored the “Crafting Family Histories” chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, and Standards.

The group will hold its live meetings at 8 p.m. Eastern Time once a month from August through December, specific dates TBD.