Length of Course: 5 months
Live classrooms: August 15, September 12, October 10, November 7, December 5
Now that you have mastered the basics of genealogical writing, it is time for more complex concepts. Discover how to write an article in the style of one of the major genealogy journals or publish a monograph to create a genealogy that your family will want to read about.
Once you have mastered the building blocks, Michael J. LeclercCG will show you how to boost your writing skills to the next level. These advanced methods will bring you to the point of writing an entire book of your family history.
By the end of the course, students will have the tools necessary to write up their research findings in a variety of ways. They will learn how to do the following:
- Read and analyze a journal article
- Write a journal article for submission or personal use
- Add narrative and create a monograph
- Use auto-numbering and other features of Word
- Proofread and do a light edit
- Get an article published
This course, which runs for five months, gathers together once a month for a 1.5- to-2-hour online video classroom. Each session will begin by reviewing the assignment from the previous month, then focus on new topics.
- Live video classrooms with student participation
- Limited class size for maximum interaction
- Assignments include reading, writing, and videos
- Personalized feedback on assignments
Those who complete the entire course, participate in discussions, and complete all assignments will receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Dissecting Journal Articles
Assignment: Write an article
- Adding Additional Narrative
Assignment: Build up from the initial article by adding
- What is a Monograph?
- Writing Monographs
- Learn Bookmarks and Auto-numbering in Word
Assignment: Write a full monograph.
- Basics of Editing
- Getting Help
Assignment: Proofread and lightly edit your monograph.
- Final Review of Monograph
- Getting your Article Published
- Wrap up and Next Steps.
Prerequisite for taking this course: Completion of Building Blocks for Writing Up Your Research course or advance permission of the instructor.
The Live Classrooms for this session will be held on five Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Eastern time: July 10, August 7, September 11, October 10, and November 14. Live Classrooms will be recorded for later review in the event a student must miss a session. Because of the participatory and interactive nature of this class, those who miss more than one Live Classroom may not be eligible for the Certificate of Completion.
Students should be Intermediate to Advanced researchers, as they will use their own research for the assignments. They should have conducted a significant amount of research on a single family, and on a direct line for at least three or more generations (starting with the student’s parents or grandparents) in order to have enough source material to work with. It would be helpful to have copies of original source materials available to work with, especially for the citations section.
One week prior to the first live classroom students will be given a detailed syllabus, including due dates for all assignments.