One Thing You Can’t Cyber: Writing Your Family Stories

Family stories are written from the heart and not by a computer or machine. Save 40% on The Write Stuff online family history writing courses led by expert Lisa Alzo
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Save 40% on The Write Stuff online courses with family history writing expert Lisa Alzo!

TODAY ONLY! Save 40% off the regular price of The Write Stuff courses at Research, Write, Connect! You must use coupon code CYBER40 at checkout to receive your discount! Sale valid TODAY ONLY, Monday, November 26th! Click HERE to save!

Today is Cyber Monday, the last big shopping day of the 4-day Thanksgiving weekend here in the States. Some trivia: the term Cyber Monday came about in the late 1990s when most people still had “dial up” Internet access at home, and waited until the Monday after Thanksgiving to do all their online shopping at their workplace. Most offices had DSL or some type of Internet that was much faster.  Now go tell your kids or grandkids about “dial up” Internet and watch their heads explode!

Family stories are written from the heart and not by a computer or machine. Save 40% on The Write Stuff online family history writing courses led by expert Lisa Alzo

So if “cyber” means automation, machines and doing things “fast,” then we can probably agree that there is no way to automate the process of family history writing. Have you ever seen a certain genealogy website (and you know who I’m talking about) that automatically generates a “story” about your ancestor based on what you’ve already entered into your family tree? Ever try to read one of those stories?

One thing I’ve learned from writing experts like Lisa Alzo who has created and produced The Write Stuff series of online family history writing courses is this: writing about your ancestors is a skill that has to be developed. Writing with passion and writing from the heart cannot be automated. Well, it probably can but it just shouldn’t be. Cookie cutter stories aren’t compelling and your family won’t stick around to read more.

And don’t forget that it only takes three generations for a family story to be “lost” forever according to experts. As the family genealogist and historian, you need to be proactive in working to document not just your research, but the family stories. Learn how to write engaging nonfiction using family stories from Lisa Alzo of Research, Write, Connect with The Write Stuff series of online courses.

Special Offer: A Personal Consultation with writing expert Lisa Alzo

Are you uncertain about writing your family history in a compelling form that will really draw in your family and friends? Do you have doubts about finally tackling this part of your years of genealogy work? To help you get on track and set your goals, Lisa Alzo – creator and producer of The Write Stuff courses – is offering a FREE 15 minute consultation to the first 15 people who purchase one of The Write Stuff Courses during this promotion using promo code CYBER40.

Once your purchase is completed, you will be notified and if this offer has not yet SOLD OUT, you and Lisa will schedule a consultation via telephone, Skype or Facetime. This special offer is valued at $30 USD. How often to you get personalized help from a published author who has been writing for over three decades and has proven success as a writing instructor and coach?

Write Stuff I: Telling the Story

Write Stuff I: Telling the Story By taking this course today, you will learn the key steps for producing a quality personal or family history narrative from outline to finished product. No matter what your level of expertise is, you will find success. We’ll teach you how to jumpstart a writing project through goal-setting and “storyboarding” and how to build your writing skills, and your confidence as a writer. We'll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep you on track.

By taking this course today, you will learn the key steps for producing a quality personal or family history narrative from outline to finished product. No matter what your level of expertise is, you will find success. We’ll teach you how to jumpstart a writing project through goal-setting and “storyboarding” and how to build your writing skills, and your confidence as a writer. We’ll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep you on track. Through instructional videos, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, you will dig deeper each week to engage the writer within. Finally, we’ll show you how to perfect the nonfiction writing techniques you can use to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

There are no start and end dates. Materials are organized into weekly lessons. Here’s the breakdown week by week:

  • Week 1 – Setting Writing Goals
  • Week 2 – Plot, Plan, and Scheme: Storyboard Your Family History Project
  • Week 3 – Tap into Family Treasures
  • Week 4 – Character Development through Oral History and Profile
  • Week 5 – Shaping Your Story Using Plot and Structure

Write Stuff II: Advancing the Story

Write Stuff II: Advancing the Story By taking this course today, you will advance your writing skills and produce a shareable family history. We’ll teach you how to continue your writing project by working through plot and structure, incorporating citations, implementing creative nonfiction writing techniques and revising your existing prose. We'll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep you on track.

By taking this course today, you will advance your writing skills and produce a shareable family history. We’ll teach you how to continue your writing project by working through plot and structure, incorporating citations, implementing creative nonfiction writing techniques and revising your existing prose. We’ll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep you on track.

Through instructional videos, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, you will polish your prose for writing success.

There are no start and end dates. Materials are organized into weekly lessons. Here’s the breakdown week by week:

  • Week 1: Creating a Workable Story Structure
  • Week 2: Writing Fabulous Family History Scenes
  • Week 3: Using Creative Nonfiction Writing Techniques
  • Week 4: Handling Citations
  • Week 5: Revising Your Existing Prose
  • Week 6: Bonus Lesson: Print and Electronic Options for Sharing and Publishing

The Write Stuff: Telling the Story (Homeschool)

The Write Stuff: Telling the Story (Homeschool) By taking this course today, your student will learn the key steps for producing a quality personal or family history narrative from outline to finished product. No matter their experience level, students will build skills each week find success. We’ll teach your student how to jumpstart a writing project through goal-setting and “storyboarding” and how to build writing skills, and confidence as a writer. We'll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep the student on track.

By taking this course today, your student will learn the key steps for producing a quality personal or family history narrative from outline to finished product. No matter their experience level, students will build skills each week find success. We’ll teach your student how to jumpstart a writing project through goal-setting and “storyboarding” and how to build writing skills, and confidence as a writer. We’ll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep the student on track.

Through instructional videos, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, students will dig deeper each week to engage the writer within. Finally, we’ll show you how to perfect the nonfiction writing techniques students can use to produce a personal or family history narrative.

There are no start and end dates. Materials are organized into weekly lessons. Here’s the breakdown week by week:

  • Week 1 – Setting Writing Goals
  • Week 2 – Plot, Plan, and Scheme: Storyboard Your Family History Project
  • Week 3 – Tap into Family Treasures
  • Week 4 – Character Development through Oral History and Profile
  • Week 5 – Shaping Your Story Using Plot and Structure

Cyber Monday Sale: Save 50% on The Write Stuff courses at Research, Write, Connect!

Remember you MUST use promo code CYBER40 at checkout to claim your 40% savings! And act NOW in order to qualify for your FREE consultation with Lisa Alzo!

Sale valid TODAY ONLY, Monday, November 26th, 2018.

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PLEASE NOTE: The post content above contains affiliate links. This means I make a percentage of sales via these links. This does not INCREASE the price you pay as a consumer. It simply supplements my income so I can continue providing as much free genealogy content as possible through my “abundance model.”


Disclaimer: All prices and offers are subject to change. Some items may be sold out and have limited inventory. Also check to see if you have automated purchase settings enabled, such as Amazon Buy with 1-Click: it is your responsibility to make sure you are getting the correct price for an item before you check out and finalize the transaction.


Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.


Content and Images: All content including images have been used by permission from each vendor.