Dawn Thurston

Dawn Thurston has taught family history writing for more than two decades at Santiago Canyon College and to groups around the country. Over the years, she has helped hundreds of people write and publish their family stories. She is the author of Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read and the award-winning family history The Parrett Migration: Their Story is America's Story.

2016 Sessions with Dawn Thurston

1A It's Time to Write Your Family History, Part 1: Getting Started
Syllabus: 2016/1A_2A_Write_Your_Family_History.pdf

Many family historians merely recount the facts of their ancestors' lives, telling what they did, but revealing little about who they were. This session will teach you research, organization, and writing techniques that will help you shape your genealogy material into an interesting story.

2A It's Time to Write Your Family History, Part 2: Making It Interesting
Syllabus: 2016/1A_2A_Write_Your_Family_History.pdf

A compelling family history requires that people and places be more than mere names on the page. This session will teach you how to put flesh on your ancestors and show what it was like to walk in their shoes in places readers can visualize. We'll also discuss the value of detail, scenes, and narrative tension.

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