Saturday, October 31, 2020

The Tales We Tell: Writing Your Family Stories

The Southlake Library is bringing a series of classes to help you write your family stories!

To write your family stories one must ask questions like a journalist, research like a genealogist, and write like a novelist. This four-week class covers the basics such as gathering materials, subject profiles, social and local history, researching, bringing the past to life, scene setting, dialogue, self-editing checklists, and much more. Each class is two hours long, and at the end of the class each student will have a workbook full of handouts and resources for their journey in writing their family stories.

Class One: Gathering materials, Memoir vs. biography vs. historical fiction, Local history, Social history, subject profiles, Family themes
July 31 | 6-8 PM | Southlake Town Hall

Class Two: Researching, Genealogical sources, Interview questions and conducting interviews
August 7 | 6-8 PM | Southlake Town Hall

Class Three: Characterization, Scene Setting, Details, Plot and story structure, Telling versus showing, Point of View, Dialogue, Conflict
August 14 | 6-8 PM | Southlake Town Hall

Class Four: Self-editing checklists, Publishing basics and options, Documentation, Resource websites, Your family history as a blog
August 21 | 6-8 PM | Southlake Town Hall 

Register for these classes by emailing us at