Hazel Edwards
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Writing a Non Boring Family History 

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Title:"Writing a Non Boring Family History

Author: Hazel Edwards

Publisher: Hale& Iremonger

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.

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.

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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'.

Or ABC Overnights with Rod Quinn podcast of talkback with Hazel 4-5am May 14th includes a range of listeners' queries about writing their histories.

Check the ABC Tasmania podcast interview with Annie Warburton

ABC 774  Talkback on Writing a Non Boring Family History Saturday Mornings With Hilary Harper  Oct 15th, 2011

Wonderful when a professional genealogist gives you such a thoughtful and logical review. http://www.shaunahicks.com.au/writing-family-history-again/

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'.

Or maybe in performance scripts such as 'Enact History'.

 

 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.


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Events & Appearances 2017

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

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

October 31st   10 am YABBA AWARDS  Hampton Park Secondary

November 2nd  8-9 pm  Picture Book Chat on Twitter

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

November 17th   Ex HSC lunch

December 1st  10-1pm PRO (Celebration of completed books)

2018

1st Friday in each month  10 am-1pm PROV Mentoring and Finishing Book Length Project

March 8th  Doncaster Library  Writing a Non Boring Family History

March 24th  Goulburn Readers/Writers' Festival 

April 20th (Fri) Hazelnuts

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