My good friend and genealogy colleague in Kansas City, Missouri, Jenna Mills, posted a useful reminder on Google+ today of a neat family history writing program at the wonderful Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, MO. Their blog post today was titled, "Write It Down!" and provided some details you will want to read.
The midwest center provides two programs you should know about, if you are anywhere in the area. If you are not, their 'plan of attack' is worth reading anyway! The first program is a series of monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday each month, 10-11:00 a.m. You don't need to register, just come and bring your favorite writing utensil. The group talks about writing skills, using the computer and different programs as well as printing and publishing. They exchange details and stories among whomever is there that day to help move each other along to 'write it down!' [Hint: You could organize such a group at your own library or society headquarters!]
The other program, "Building a Life Story," is a little more formal. It is a 6-week course on how to write a good story. Classes include choosing a story, describing people, themes, and making a connection with the reader. Two sessions will begin in September. One is on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., starting September 10th. The second is on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., starting September 12th. The classes are each two hours. You must register for this course and class size is limited. Contact Information:
Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
The final line is this: Write it down! Your story, your parent's stories, or your family's history. Do it now! Or, your descendants will be sorry you didn't.
I like that!
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