Write Your Story at the Family History Writer’s Retreat

Write Your Story at the Family History Writer’s Retreat

Ask any professional genealogist how they got started, and they will almost always say it started with a story. Researching your family history, you often come across all kinds of great stories. Just the other day, I was teaching my husband how to do family history research for his family. I showed him the WWII Draft Registration card for his grandfather. Under the line that asked for “other physical characteristics that will aid in identification,” was the written response, “cut on heel of right leg.” My husband excitedly exclaimed, “I remember hearing about this!” He then relayed the story of his grandfather chopping wood in the backwoods of Kentucky, when the axe sunk deep into the heel of his foot. Not having access to doctors and hospitals, his family held him down while they packed the wound in salt and how afterwards he always walked with a slight limp. Here was story waiting to be told, needing to be told.

You’ve got those stories too, those examples of heroics, of humor, or tragedy and triumph that are waiting to be written. What is stopping you? If you are anything like me, your first response is probably time. But, wouldn’t it be great to have 4 days of uninterrupted time, in someplace like the glorious Rocky Mountains? Someplace that the cooking and cleaning were taken care of? Someplace where you could go for a walk on numerous nature trails, take a swim or a soak in the hot tub when you needed a break? How about having some time set aside daily to learn some new skills in writing and self-publishing from smart and savvy Jill Morelli or from myself, where you’d get help finding the stories hidden in your records? Don’t you wish you could have time set aside for afternoon tea and ending every evening with dessert and wine (sparkling cider for those like me), while participants share their daily successes and receive encouragement and applause.

Well known writer Anne Lamott, said “Almost everything will work again if you unplug for a few minutes…including you.” So why don’t you come and unplug in Colorado with Jill and I, this fall, September 19-23. The price is reasonable, as it includes the room and all the breakfast and lunch meals, snacks, desserts and beverages. Evening meals we will explore the local cuisine together. For more details click here.

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