The Write Stuff II Genealogy Intensive Details

The Write Stuff II: Expand Your Family History Writing Skills
Finish Your Family History Writing Project







Are you stuck in a writing rut? Have you lost momentum for publishing your genealogy research and sharing your ancestors’ stories? Is writer’s block stopping you from moving past your first chapter or first draft? Perhaps you had the best of intentions but life simply got in the way!

If this sounds familiar, then The Write Stuff II: Expand Your Family History Writing Skills is for you!




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This course follows on from The Write Stuff I Genealogy Intensive: Build Your Family History Writing Skills, so you can pick up from where you left off, or even start a new project if you prefer. It’s time to get your writing groove back!

What Will You Accomplish?
• Visualize your outcome. Dust off that project you worked on before, or bring a new idea and get ready to write!

• Be prepared to “go all in.” Make the commitment and make it now, not a year from now.

• Build your family history project blueprint by creating a story structure that works!

• Learn Creative Nonfiction Writing techniques to help you write a better narrative!

• Discover how to use social history to enhance your story, and how to incorporate footnotes, endnotes and author’s notes.

• Get inspired by the “success” of others and learn how you can transfer that same success to your own project.

• Reconnect with former participants and meet new writers to build a network of supportive “project dreamers” that will serve you in the future.

• Learn how to take the next steps to self-publish your work in a book, eBook, or blog!
The Genealogy Intensive™?

Remember, the Genealogy Intensive™ (or “GI”) consists of a group of similarly-minded genealogists with the same project goal. In this follow-up Intensive, you will set your own course of study during a six-week period. You can begin the course whenever it is convenient for you. There are instructional videos and assignments that are interesting, engaging, without being burdensome. You will receive an email with links to download all the materials so that you can work at your own pace. In addition, there is an online platform (Facebook group) to share ideas, encouragement and ask questions at any time of the day or night. The group is closed, private and led by author and instructor Lisa Alzo. Your coach will be present to offer encouragement and facilitate online discussions to lend inspiration, solve problems and make that ever-elusive project a reality. Lisa will be available via email to answer any questions you do not wish to share in the group. In the Facebook Group, you will also get to interact with like-minded writers who have all taken the Write Stuff I Genealogy Intensive—so you get to meet new people and have some “fresh eyes” read and comment on your assignments.

So…are you ready to finish writing that family history?

Only The Committed Need Apply

Having taken the Write Stuff I, you are already familiar with the level of commitment required for successfully completing a Genealogy Writing Intensive. In The Write StuffII, you must be willing to take your writing to the next level and set yourself up for success. Your coach will provide the tools and advice you need to get there, but only YOU can make it happen!

Coach Bio – Lisa Alzo









Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of ten books, including: The Family Tree Polish, Czech, and Slovak Genealogy Guide, Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winningThree Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Your Genealogy Today,Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information, see


Week 1

• Video: Plot Perfect: Creating a Family History Story Structure that Works!
• Assignment #1 Build Your Family History Blueprint
Participants will sketch out a story structure (blueprint) for their own project using templates provided by the Instructor. The templates are designed to help you quickly develop a theme-based three-act structure (using plots and subplots) you need to engage and entertain your readers. Participants should refer back to the storyboards they created in Write Stuff I if available or be prepared to create a new storyboard for your project.
• Facebook Group
– Introductions
– Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources and respond to postings/prompts from instructor.

Week 2
• Video: Writing Fabulous Family History Scenes
• Assignment #2 Advancing Your Family Story with Setting and Social History
In this assignment, participants will practice turning their ancestor’s life events into scenes. Part of the assignment will be to focus on some aspect of social history and include it in your story. Instructor will provide guidelines and suggested reading for examples.
• Facebook Group: One group for all Write Stuff II participants
Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources and respond to postings/prompts from instructor.

Week 3
• Video: Using Creative Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History
• Assignment #3 Show, Don’t Tell
Participants will write at least 500 words using techniques such as descriptive writing, dialogue, showing and resolving conflict and building suspense. Instructor will provide a sample.
• Facebook Group:
Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources and respond to postings/prompts from instructor

Week 4
• Video: Handling Citations: Footnotes, Endnotes, or Author’s Notes? Which One is Right for Your Project
• Assignment #4 Citations and Your Writing
In this assignment, the focus will be on writing ~500 – 1000 words that will include information requiring citations or explanation. Participants will be asked to choose either footnotes, endnotes or author’s notes and produce the appropriate formatting using either Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Scrivener, or a bibliographic citation manager of their choosing (some suggestions include but are not limited to: Zotero, EasyBib, or Bookends). NOTE: Coach will not be able to provide instruction for using software, so be sure to understand how to use the program you select to produce your citations and notes. It is highly recommended that you try out your software on a small piece of writing before you begin the course.
• Facebook Group:
Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources and respond to postings/prompts from instructor.

Week 5

• Video: Revising Your Existing Prose
• Assignment #5: Polishing Your Prose through Revision
Participants will choose a previously written piece (this can be an assignment from the current course, from Write Stuff I, or another piece of their choosing). Instructor will provide guidelines and suggestions on how to correct “problem” areas (including grammar, sentence structure, word choices, descriptive phrases, plot issues, and more).
• Facebook Group:
Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources and respond to postings/prompts from instructor).

Week 6
• Video: Print and Electronic Options for Sharing and Publishing
• Facebook Group:
Participants ask questions on assignment; share resources; and respond to postings or prompts from instructor.


The cost to access The Write Stuff II over a six week period is $129 per person.

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A Special Incentive: A Free Consultation!

Still trying to decide? Here’s a limited offer . . . the first 20 people who purchase The Write Stuff II, will be able to sign up for one (1) free 15-minute consultation with the instructor, Lisa A. Alzo.