Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Writing a Non Boring Family History 

Latest Edition

 

 

    

Title:"Writing a Non Boring Family History

Author: Hazel Edwards

Publisher: The GHR Press 

Distributor NewSouth Books

ISBN: 9780868067162

 

Crafting Your Family History

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?

Under the auspices of the Public Record Office (Vic) , Hazel offers a year -long mentoring of book length projects 'Complete Your Book in a Year' .

Chapters in 'Writing a Non Boring Family History' 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, strategies are included for

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

Links to Hazel's published articles:

 Fake ID

Buy e-book of Fake ID  for teen family interested in a history mystery.

Tamil translated edition published. 

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This revised,'Writing a Non Boring Family History' includes visiting historic military or family history sites, eulogies and e-formats as well as writing history for children.

Other Formats:

You might also like to check out Hazel's podcast interview on ABC Life Matters : about genealogy & military history researching 'Searching for a Lost Garnet'.

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 This book is used as the basis of one day workshops. Check Events for workshops which cover:

  • Researching and Interviewing Skills
  • How to organise your material
  • Structuring a Book 
  • Making it interesting for the reader
  • Formatting and Publishing Options
  • Handling Family Secrets
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • How to write using all senses and perspectives
  • Launching and Marketing possibilities

Suitable for all who wish to improve their writing skills as well as for those contemplating or struggling with a book length project such as a family history, corporate history or autobiography/memoirs. 

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Reviews & Comments

'Clarifies how to organise a book length project, and still talk to your family.'

'Stimulating and informative...Excellent...Hazel Edwards encouraged me to really get going.' Amateur historian.

'Loved the recipe for a family history and the generic checklist was invaluable before our reunion launch.'

Shauna Hicks review  respected historian writes in a non-boring review.

Why Self Publish?  Hazel's realistic answers about online publishing of histories and memoirs.(Who Do You Think You Are?' Magazine) 

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Events & Appearances 2023

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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2023

PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' starts on first Friday of each month from February, 10am-1pm. North Melb Archives.

Flexibility to go online.

2023

23rd - 28th   DARWIN

31st PROV ( substitute for April) 

APRIL
MAY

4th ACER Teachers' podcast 'Grief and Loss in  Schools'

5th PROV 

11th Thurs 5.30 pm OAM Association : Zoom 'Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author' 

Free but   Book here. 

JUNE 

2nd  PROV

22nd  Author Lunch ( AMBA)

JULY

7th PROV

AUGUST

4th PROV

SEPTEMBER

1st PROV

OCTOBER

6th PROV

NOVEMBER

 3rd 

DECEMBER 

1st PROV Mini Launch


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