"I have been doing technical writing all my life, that I can do. I didn't think I could do creative writing; I always wanted to, but I just didn't think I could. She is able to coach me along. I really can do this!"
"I have written more in the last six weeks than I have in the last six months, thanks to Kimberly."
"This has been so important to me, Ms. Morgan. Thank you for offering this class."
"How did you know? You must have known - how much we needed this, how valuable this would be. Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for this course."
Writing For Keeps: A Creative Nonfiction Course
Course Overview Preliminaries: What, Why, How, and About Whom Are You Writing? How to Build Historical Context Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling Turning Biographical Facts into Engaging Narrative Using Elements of Fiction to Create Real People/Real Events The Larger Literary Possibilities of Family History
At the end of 6 weeks you will have:
A Portfolio of Writing Projects
The Foundation of Creative Nonfiction
Free Digital Books and Articles on Writing
Worksheets and Resources
Mastery of the Writing Process
Writing Prompts to Keep You Writing
You Choose Assignments - Your Writing Projects
A Memoir or Autobiography - All About You, Real Life
A Biographical Sketch of a single Ancestor or multiple Surnames
A Fictionalized Biography of Real People, Real Events
A Historical Narrative of your family as a part of their community, congregation or migration group.
Contextual writing prompts: Religious freedom, women's rights, land and opportunity, wars and affect on families, migration.
And many more...
"Write Now!" is four Writing Workshops for Family Historians. Join Kim Morgan and learn the basics of biography writing as creative non-fiction.
Offered through the Community Library Network No Registration is Required. at 6:30 p.m. followed by Q & A Hayden Library: 4 Tuesdays July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th Post Falls Library: 4 Mondays August 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
Creative Nonfiction tells a true story, eloquently, with all the tricks of fiction What is Creative Nonfiction for Family Historians? True stories, well told, preserving your history.
Ancestors as real life characters
Dynamic Plots based on their lives
Vivid Description with engaging prose
Factual and authentic Historical Narrative
Using the elements of fiction in fun storytelling
Storytelling is a life-skill. Story writing is an essential next step in honoring those we know and those we remember only through the mists of memory. Write your story before it's lost.
This course will strengthen the writing tools you already have and will encourage you to explore new ways of thinking and writing; to make your work coherent at deeper levels; to find ways into the stubborn knots and meaning concealed in your stories; to develop ancestor biographies that breathe and surprise and move the story; to find language that not only works, but amazes.