Writing and Publishing Family History

Betty O’Neill

Saturday 14 October 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

This writing and publishing family history course with Dr Betty O’Neill takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Researching your family history can uncover fascinating facts and threads of stories that fiction writers envy. But how do you take the information you’ve gathered and turn it into a story others will want to read? Your audience might be your family, friends, fellow genealogists or the broader public. Whoever it is, they want more than a list of dates and events and a family tree.

In this interactive introductory workshop, Dr Betty O’Neill will guide you through the elements of writing that make non-fiction engaging for readers and help you explore the forms that are suitable for your audience and the story you want to tell. You will have opportunities to work on current or planned writing projects and time to discuss your writing with Betty and other group members.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Consider their audience and select the appropriate genres, media and forms for writing and publishing family history
  2. Review their research using planning tools and checklists
  3. Explore narrative structure and story mapping
  4. Experiment with nine story-telling essentials
  5. Plan their next steps to confidently start writing their family history.

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Pen and paper, or fully charged device. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

If you have questions about this course, please contact us.


‘It was informative, interesting, inspiring, helpful and easy to engage with Betty as the presenter. She was really impressive, knowledgeable and approachable. A good group of people and positive vibes generally.’ – Linda, 2022

‘Betty inspires by knowledge and example.’ – Rosemary, 2022

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