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

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Media Resources for 'Writing a Non Boring Family History'

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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.

( booking here) 

March 1st   1.40  ABC Melbourne radio with Clare Bowditch

March 3rd  10-1pm  PRO

April 7th    10-1pm  PRO

April 20th  10-3pm  Yarra Ranges Museum, Lilydale ' Writing a Non Boring History or Memoir'

May 3rd  4.30-6 pm Immigration Museum  "Creativity' Keynote Independent Schools Arts Learning.

May 5th  10-1pm PRO

May 25-31 st  Darwin 

June 2nd  10-1pm PRO

June 10th (Sat) 10-1pm Wordfest  Mt Waverley Library, Writing a Non Boring Family Historyor Memoir 

June 13/14th  Sale Library   'Writing a Non Boring Family History' Book here. 

June 17th  10-1pm Brunswick Foundling Archives: Master Class 

July 7th  10-1pm PRO

July 12th (Weds) 10-4pm AuthorpreneurshipVic Writers' Centre.   Book here.

August 4th  10-1pm PRO

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

August 21st  11.30  Hume Grammar school visit

August 24th  2pm Beverly Hills Primary , Doncaster 

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

September 1st 10-1pm PRO

September 8-10   HNSA Conference Swinburne Authorpreneurship.

October 6th 10-1pm PRO

November 3rd 10-1pm PRO

December 1st  10-1pm PRO

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