Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Writing a Non Boring Family History 

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Title:"Writing a Non Boring Family History

Author: Hazel Edwards

Publisher: The GHR Press 

Distributor NewSouth Books

ISBN: 9780868067162

 

Why Self Publish? .pdf

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' . Online, during Pandemic.

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'.

Have you considered using your historical research in fiction or for child readers?  Check Hazel's 'Antarctic Close Up'  for use of memorabilia and  'Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop'.

 

 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 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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2021 

JANUARY

Jan 12th   ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year

FEBRUARY

14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic  Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival 

Feb 16th ZOOM  'Role of New Media'

Feb 20th  12.15  ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating' 

MAY

May 4th 6pm Rivoli Camberwell  Dymocks 21st celebration  Book

May  7th  Photo shoot  Seven Steps Writing .

JULY

AUGUST

Children's Book Week 

Aug 5th 10 AM  Onine about Hijabi Girl :Torrens Primary ACT

7.30 pm Online mentoring 

August 6th  10 am PROV Online mentoring 

August 27th AGM  Society of Women Writers (Vic) 11am Zoom.

SEPTEMBER

Australia Reads Ambassador 

Sept 14th Australia Reads: Ambassador Hazel reading Hippo

Sept 22nd  Zoom 1pm  Malvern 'Survival Skills for Writers During Lockdown.'

Sept 27 th  8pm Writing Muslim Children's Books  Bookings 

Sept 29th  Zoom 6.30-8.30 'A Night of Crime: Society of Women Writers(Vic)   

NOVEMBER

Nov 10th :  Judge: SWW National Writing Competition. Sydney Zoom.

2022

January

Jan 11th (Tues) 10am  U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Non- Boring Writing'


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