Why Attend the Family History Writers Retreat

Why Attend the Family History Writers Retreat

I have been collecting pieces of stories for years as I have researched my family tree. Stories are gathering in my head, begging to be told. I love my ancestors because I know their stories. But will my family, my grandchildren love their ancestors unless I share their stories? I need time, time set aside to just write. No interruptions, no distractions, I need concentrated, focused time. Want time to work on your portfolio for certification or accreditation? I want 4 days in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, with hiking, swimming and hot tubbing to offer a respite from writing. I want to be surrounded by a few like-minded souls to share delicious home cooked meals and writing workshops offered to inspire and improve my writing? Where do I sign up! Jill Morelli and I couldn't find it offered, so we created it. September 19-23, 2018 in Silverthorne, Colorado. We will pick you up from the Denver airport and cart you away to writer's bliss. Need something to help you visualize Continue reading

Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Writing and doing genealogy research are pretty solitary pursuits for the most part. As an introvert, I do well in alone time. But, there is something about spending time with people, the people who get why you do what you do, people who are your tribe. The family history writer's retreat is geared to provide you with lots and lots  of quiet, writing time in a beautiful locale. After all that focused energy during the day though, you will need to unwind and reset each evening. After a your busy day of writing, we will serve afternoon tea and fresh baked scones, (herbal teas will also be available), as well as hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows to drink around the fire. Delicious breakfasts and lunches are provided, but for dinner we will explore the local cuisine and eat at Jill's favorite restaurants, or we can order pizza in. Evenings will include informal presentations and Q&A from Jill and I on writing and publishing topics that mean the most to attendees, while enjoying Continue reading

Portfolio Writing Help at Family History Writer’s Retreat

Portfolio Writing Help at Family History Writer’s Retreat

Is all the writing in research reports, proof arguments and kinship studies, that are needed for your portfolio to apply for certification to become a Certified Genealogist through the Board for Certification of Genealogists stoping you from moving forward? Come to the Family History Writer's Retreat in the beautiful Rocky Mountains this fall and let Jill Morelli, CG be your mentor. Jill directs groups that are looking to become certified. At the retreat, you have the opportunity to work with her first hand and pick her brain! During the retreat, we will discuss portfolio writing of Case Studies using Warren Bittner’s outline of things not to forget. Don't want to lug all your books with you? We will bring our reference library so you don’t have to. The evening session on portfolios will be directed by your questions and interests. Numbering systems, and how Jill writes her own client reports, and she will share how she implements “write as you go” to improve her Continue reading

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 Continue reading