Writing Your Life

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on June 29, 2010

Calling all genealogists…

Or anyone with a family story that needs to be told.  Learn how to write this history in a four-week class called “Bringing Your Ancestors to Life,” which focuses on how to use dates, facts and figures to tell a story the non-genealogist would enjoy reading.  Just for starters, we’ll study how to make your ancestors “real” and not just names on a chart and ways you can take secondary information and re-create the environment in which your ancestor lived.  And I promise you, you’ll have a good time doing it.

Classes meet on four consecutive Thursdays in July (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Marks Street Senior Recreational Complex at 99 E. Marks Streets (corner of Marks Street and Magnolia Avenue) in downtown Orlando.  Advance registration is required, and cost of the class is $60.00.

For more information or to register, contact Patricia Charpentier at writingyourlife@cfl.rr.com or by phone at 321-279-1791.  The web site www.writingyourlife.org also has lots of good info.  I hope to see you in July.

Writing Your Life

Summer Schedule

June 2010

Writing Your Life Story – four-week workshop designed for those who wish to learn more about writing your best – topics may include effective uses of voice, tone, sentence structure, narration and so forth – class meets on Thursdays, June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – $60 for the four-week session

First Saturday Writing Workshop – I provide prompts designed to call up long forgotten memories followed by five to fifteen minutes to begin writing out the memory – you probably won’t finish many stories, but you’ll leave with the beginnings of ten to fifteen pieces that you can work on at home – workshop meets Saturday, June 5th and the first of every month (except holiday weekends) from 9:00 a.m. until noon – $15 per workshop

July 2010

Bringing Your Ancestors to Life – four-week class on combining your genealogical research and various writing techniques to create a captivating narrative focused on your family history – learn to characterize people based on limited information, to effectively establish historical settings and develop plot lines of your ancestors experiences – class meets on Thursdays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – $60 for the four-week session

First Saturday Writing Workshop – see description above – workshop meets on Saturday, July 10th (second Saturday because of Fourth of July holiday) from 9:00 a.m. until noon – $15 per workshop

August 2010

First Saturday Writing Workshop – see description above – workshop meets on Saturday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m. until noon – $15 per workshop

Focus Workshops – two separate workshops will be held, which focus solely on one aspect of writing – final topics to be announced later but may include writing dialogue, detail and description, characterization, etc. – workshops meet on Thursday, August 12th and Thursday, August 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – $20 for each work workshop

For more information on any of these workshops and classes, contact

Patricia Charpentier at writingyourlife@cfl.rr.com  or 321-279-1791. 

All classes and workshops are held at the Marks Street Senior Center at 99 E. Marks Street at the corner of Marks Street and Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando.

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