Finding Your Own Voice

Feb. 24, 2014 by

We all have a story to tell. Ever since I was a boy I was surrounded by family story prompts in the form of artwork, paintings, photos, and books. There was an ever present simmering interest in my heritage that

Five Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

Feb. 20, 2014 by

Today’s post is courtesy  of Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.  It happens.  Even to professional writers.  I’m talking about writer’s block. You know, those times when you sit down at the keyboard to tap out great-grandma’s immigration story, or finally start

Writing Family History When You Can’t Know All the Facts

Feb. 13, 2014 by

This guest post is courtesy of Biff Barnes  Family historians are researchers first. They must look carefully and thoughtfully for the facts of their ancestors’ lives, assemble them, and organize them into a narrative. Some researchers are more skilled or

A Writing Tool for Motivation and Focus

Feb. 10, 2014 by

 Today’s guest post is courtesy of Julie Cahill Tarr  Why Not Enter a Family History Writing Competition? Many of us struggle with writing our family history stories.  We know the stories exist, we have done the research, but we cannot

Family History Writers Share Their Expertise

Jan. 27, 2014 by

  Each year during The Family HistoryWriting Challenge, I try to bring participants advice from experts in the field. Authors who know the challenges that are unique to family historians. I attempt to seek out writers who bring a variety of