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Writing a Non Boring Family History E-Book


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Author(s): Hazel Edwards

Publisher: Hale & Iremonger

ISBN: 978-0-9871078-5-5

Available as an Ebook

Hazel's popular guide on crafting your family history. Now available as an E-Book!

Product Description

Family history sleuthing is the biggest hobby worldwide. Most genealogy books and sites show how to research your family. TV programs like 'Who Do You Think You Are?' glamorise. But crafting your findings into a format others will want to read, is the real challenge.  Why are you writing it? Who is your prospective reader? How can you craft the facts for them to access easily?

Chapters in Writing a Non Boring Family History E-Book are based on answering the most common questions asked during Hazel's popular workshops.These include:

  • Avoiding chronological boredom 
  • Using humour
  • Dramatising but keeping to the facts
  • Fact, faction or fiction?  Can't call it a history, if you 'fiddle' with the facts.
  • Viewpoints. Whose?
  • What if the family criticise what you've written?
  • Collaborating?
  • Diplomatically handling family secrets?
  • What if you've only got a name on a shipping list?

In Writing a Non Boring Family History E-Book, strategies are included for

  • interviewing relatives
  • shaping anecdotes, not just listing dates
  • structuring
  • publishing
  • costing
  • launching
  • distributing, and
  • overcoming procrastination.

This E-Book version of the revised edition of the best selling guide acknowledges the latest e-formats that writers use, includes tips on how to write history for children, or write a eulogy and covers the growing interest in touring military battlefields and researching on-site material.

Also covers how to:

  • interview elderly relatives and people close to the family
  • use anecdotes and record memories
  • do justice to intriguing ancestors
  • structure the drama and tension
  • inject life into just a name on a shipping list
  • present the family's secrets diplomatically

Purchasing an E-Book from Hazel's Online Store

*Please Note, this is available as an e-book only from Hazel's Online Store.

Once your payment has been processed, an email will be sent to your nominated email address with the E-Book file.

The E-Books available in Hazel Edwards' online store are EPUB files. These files are readable on a number of EBook Reader formats (many which can be downloaded free) including iBooks on iPadAdobe Digital EditionsBarnes & Noble NookSony ReaderLucidorStanzaIbis ReaderMobipocketAldiko for android

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Events & Appearances 2017

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Mentoring & Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.

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August 12th   Brunswick Foundling Archives Master Class 10-1pm 

August 14th   Ashburton Library   1.30-4.30 Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

August 18th  Doncaster Library  11-12   Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

August 21st  11.30  Hume Grammar school visit

August 23rd (Weds) 11am Date with Reading Dog Ollie, Diamond Valley library, Greenborough.

August 24th  2pm Beverly Hills Primary , Doncaster 

August 18-25  Chn Book Week 'Escape to Everywhere' 

August 31st 1.30-3pm Chelsea Library 'Writing A Non Boring Family History'

September 1st 10-1pm PRO

September 8-10   HNSA Conference Swinburne   Sun 10th Sept  11.30 Authorpreneurship. Bookings & Blog 

September 16th  10-1pm  Yarra Glen L&L Centre  'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

September 19th  YABBA

September 23rd  10.30-12. Dolly Parton Imagination Library event, Geelong Library.

October 6th 10-1pm PRO

October 20 th (Fri) 1-4pm  Colac Library ' Writing a Non Boring Family History'

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

December 1st  10-1pm PRO


March 24th  Goulburn Readers/Writers' Festival 

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