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Writing and Publishing Seminar

Where: 99-101 Newbury St, Boston MA

When: May 15, 2014 9:00AM - May 16, 2014 5:00PM


Join the experts at NEHGS to learn best practices and helpful tips in order to turn your research into a publication. Workshops during this two-day program include goal setting, using genealogical style while writing, working with images, and adding narrative to your genealogy. In addition, participants will learn about working with editors, publishers, and the nuts and bolts of completing family history publications. Learn from a team of skilled writers and editors with decades of experience in publishing family histories. Two one-on-one consultations with NEHGS publications staff are included in the registration.


This seminar is intended for those who have completed their research and are ready to begin writing up their findings. Presentations will be geared toward writing and publishing books rather than articles, but those who are planning to write articles will find helpful information. It is NEHGS practice to create manuscripts in Microsoft Word; presentations will assume that writers use that program. Presentations will concentrate primarily on self-publishing.


Thursday, May 15


9:00 a.m.             Introductions and refreshments

9:30 a.m.             Defining the Project: Setting Goals for Your Publication, Scott Steward, Editor-in-Chief

10:45 a.m.          The Act of Writing: Applying Genealogical Style as you Write, Penny Stratton, Publishing Director

12:00 p.m.          Lunch

1:30 p.m.            Picture Perfect: Adding Images to Your Publication, Leslie Weston, Publications Coordinator

2:30 p.m.            Consultations

5:00 p.m.            Library closes

5:15 - 7:00 p.m.  Dinner


Friday, May 16

9:00 a.m.             Working with Citations, Kyle Hurst, Genealogist

10:00 a.m.          Tackling the Editorial Process, Scott Steward and Penny Stratton

11:00 a.m.          Getting Creative: Considering Different Formats for Your Family History, Penny Stratton

11:45 a.m.          Lunch

12:30 p.m.          Finishing Touches, Leslie Weston          

1:30 p.m.            Consultations

4:30 p.m.            Questions and Group Discussion

5:00 p.m.            Conclusion


Register online


Online registration is closed. Please call 617-226-1226 or 888-286-3447 for more information.


Accommodation Information

Please note the Writing and Publishing Seminar registration is exclusive of hotel accommodations. NEHGS members receive discounted room rates as available at the Charlesmark Hotel, located three short blocks from the library. The Charlesmark can be reached at 617-247-1212 or at Please identify yourself as an NEHGS member when contacting the Charlesmark for reservations, and expect to show your NEHGS membership card upon arrival.


Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received before April 30, 2014 may be subject to a $50 per person cancellation fee. No refund is possible after this date. Fees are based on group participation. There is no refund for services or portions of the program not taken, or for participants who do not complete the program.




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