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About the Writers Group

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Are you writing your family history or don't know where to start?  Join this group of family historians who go beyond names and dates to flesh out the stories behind their ancestors.  The Writers Group was established in September 2018 to facilitate, support, encourage and motivate each other to write our families history.

We meet monthly at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month (except January).

Meetings include presentations and discussions to aid our writing. Between meetings we are encouraged to write a short article on a specific topic or a topic of our own choice. In small groups we postively critique our submitted stories.  Our stories and minutes of meetings are stored in the Writers Shared Drive. We are amassing a huge collection of resources which are available to members. 

We welcome new members who want to get and give encouragement, support and help in writing about their families history.

Committee: Liana Fitzpatrick, Desma Wachtel, Fran Schifferli, Graham Chapman, Heather Simon and Kaye Nind.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 16:55

Meetings & contacts - Writers

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Writers Group Forum - In the forum you can share information and ask questions.

Convenor: Liana Fitzpatrick

Contact: SIGS Contacts - Convenors - Writers Group

FAMILY HISTORY WA Events - Next online meeting - Wednesday 3 March 2021 10am-11.30am

If you are attending our meeting please book -  https://www.trybooking.com/BFCIE

Presentation by Mike Murray and Lesley Sylvester - Launch of the new Western Ancestor style guide.

The writing topic is Favourite Games, Toys or Pastimes, Chapter of Your Life or Free Choice which is due 24 February 2021.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:30

Writers Book

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In December 2019 we published our inaugural book of short stories,   "I have often wondered...."

Preparing and publishing was a huge learning curve for our group - learning how to use footnotes, endnotes, setting up chapters, multiple indexes, photos, etc. The end result was an excellent book.

Copies of the book can be ordered from the FHWA Bookshop.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 13:27

Writers Recent Meetings

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2021

February - Presentation by Liana Fitzpatrick - StoryWorth and Book Review by Rob Smith - How to Write HISTORY that people want to read by authors Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath.

2020

NovemberPresentation by Jeff Moss - Enticing Your Readers into Another World: Increasing the effectiveness of introduction for family stories.

OctoberTools to assist when writing including Dictate and Editor in Word

September - Tools to assist in writing.

August - Discussion and Q&A on how critiquing can help improve our story writing. 

July - Presentation by Jeff Moss - 'Dig Deep to Discover the Details......So I Can Write a Riveting Read'. 

June - Final presentation by Chris Timoney - Tips for More Powerful Writing (Part Three) and Mark Keenan will demonstrate how the 'Five minute diary helps spark his creativity'.

 May - A brief AGM then a presentation by Chris Timoney - Tips for More Powerful Writing (Part Two). 

April - General writing question and answer discussion with a demonstration how to edit a PDF file on Acrobat reader. 

March - Presentations by Fran Schifferli - Critiquing  and Chris Timoney - Tips for More Powerful Writing (Part One).

February - Presentations by Don Briggs - Using Dragon Naturally Speaking and Ian Scott - Amy Johnson Crow genealogy website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:44

Writers Group index to Members Only Area

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 The Writers Group is making many resources open to the public, but some are restricted to FHWA members only:

  • Writing Family stories: A presentation by Julie Martin
  • WAGS members guide to providing feedback
  • Critiquing One Another's Writing by Fran Schifferli
  • 5 Minute Diary by Mark Keenan
  • Tips for More Powerful Writing by Chris Timoney
  • Digging Deeper to Discover the Details so I can Write a Riveting Read by Jeff Moss 
  • StoryWorth by Liana Fitzpatrick
  • Book Review by Rob Smith - How to Write HISTORY that people want to read.
  • Brunswick Presentation by Graham Chapman
  • Brunswick Article in Fusion Dec 2020 - Graham Chapman

Members Only Area - click here

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:51

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