Take a class to write your story! We love giving conference workshops, keynotes, or speaking to service clubs. Our audiences range from businesspeople to genealogy buffs to church groups. Whether you want to write your own memoir, create videos or learn how to do oral history interviewing, we have a class that can help you be off and running.
Upcoming Classes to write your story
Write your life story: A four-week continuing education course at Weber State University, Clearfield
Engage readers with your life story and avoid common writing pitfalls. Learn how to get started, organize your project and storyboard to hit compelling emotional notes. Expect encouragement and find the spark of creativity that will help your life story shine. Taught by Rhonda Lauritzen
- Tuesdays in February | February 5 – February 26. At 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | $49.00.
- Address: 775 S University Park Blvd. (Center for Continuing Education), Rm 206. Clearfield, UT
- Click here for more details and to register for “Write your Life Story”
Tell your life story – workshop on oral history, audio, and transcribing techniques – at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
- Wednesday January 30
- 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Presented in partnership with GranaryArts in Ephraim
- Cost:https://www.granaryarts.org Free!
Granary Arts Creative in Residence, and professional biographer, Rhonda Lauritzen, invites you to participate in a workshop, Telling Your Life Story: Oral History, Audio and Transcribing Techniques. This workshop will offer practical insights into telling your story and will feature the most timeless and intimate format – voice. Lauritzen will show why audio is so powerful, and how oral history may be the most practical way to record one’s life story. She will be sharing her favorite questions gleaned from years of professional interviewing and will address potential issues with technology and discuss how they can be avoided. Lauritzen’s ideas and approach on the collection and preservation of oral history is highly regarded by many family history writers and has been credited as a breakthrough in their own storytelling processes. Lauritzen is currently working on the nomination to include the historic Relief Society Granary, home to Granary Arts, in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Power Hour of Storytelling – Storyboarding/Oral History/Youth
- Wednesday, February 20
- 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Bear River Family History Center, 487 East 900 North, Tremonton, Utah
This class is in a “power hour” format similar to what we will teach at RootsTech with a smattering of information on three very viable topics relating to family history. The first will go over our storyboarding method, a tried a true method to craft your best family or personal story. The second will go over the ins and outs of oral history – why it’s important and how to get started – what tools you should use and what questions you should ask. The third will discuss the importance of involving youth with family storytelling and some of our best techniques to make it work.
Audio Inspiration – Best methods to record, transcribe, and edit audio stories – A class at RootsTech, Thursday February 27
- Taught by Rhonda Lauritzen and Rachel J. Trotter.
- 9:30 a.m. Thursday February 27th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. RootsTech admission is required.
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A complete treatment of working with this timeless and intimate format: voice. We first touch on why audio is so powerful, and how oral history may be the all-time easiest way to get a life story done. (It’s really a breakthrough for many writers). We share practical oral history tips and our favorite questions gleaned from years of professional interviewing experience. We also offer insights on how to capture oral history spontaneously on the fly, or with deliberate planning at reunions and events. Finally, we delve into the techie side of working with audio. High points include: Which digital recorders and apps work best for different budgets? How do you digitize old formats? What are the best methods for uploading, saving and sharing audio files? How do you edit audio clips? When filming video, How can you avoid having the audio be garbage? Are there ways to avoid suffering while transcribing audio? We know it’s a pain, so we have figured out shortcuts and workarounds, including speech recognition. Finally, we share myriad mistakes we’ve made and how you can avoid them.
Writing Powerful Family History Stories – a class at RootsTech Friday February 28th
Youth + Family History = Magic
- Valerie Elkins; Rachel Trotter; Becky Villareal
- 8:00 a.m. Saturday March 1, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. RootsTech admission is required.
Learn five key secrets to help youth become involved with family storytelling and family history success. Attendees will come away with specific yet simple techniques and how to use technology to tie it all together. Creative and Fun Ways to Share Your Family History (Valerie Elkins). Need inspiration and ideas on how to share your family stories and save family traditions? Learn how to create story seeds, craft and collect items that will promote curiosity and interest in the family history and increase love of their heritage. These fun and memorable ideas will be sure to delight family members of all ages. How to Engage Children in Famly History (Becky Villareal) Getting younger family members interested and involved in genealogy can be tricky. By sharing successful strategies with others, Becky Villareal has been able to engage young people in the search for their family history. Come and get multiple ideas for use with successful family history events.
Hear Me Now – an 8 Week Course to help youth tell their story
Family historians preserve stories to convey values and inspire future generations. We also know this…truth is better than fiction. This dynamic workshop, peppered with real-life examples, will help you write your story in an engaging way. Learn a storyboarding technique adapted from Hollywood for telling true stories, whether a single vignette or a whole book.
An intermediate workshop on the easiest, most budget-friendly tools for preserving family stories with audio. This focuses on one of the most timeless and intimate formats, voice. Touching on interviewing tips, the class then delves into saving, sharing, transcribing, editing and combining audio with photos, music and free video tools. Ample time for Q&A.
This class is for video novices and features the easiest, free tools for combining photos, audio, video clips and music. Create engaging stories that are sharable on social media, one of the best ways to reach younger family members. No fancy equipment or software required.
What would you give to hear someone’s voice again? The human voice is an intimate medium that triggers powerful emotions after a loved one is gone. This class will inspire attendees to record oral history, and provides tips to do it effectively. Truly, interviewing is a shared gift to the speaker, hearer, and those who will benefit from stories years in the future. Also, it is simply not that hard but too many people miss the opportunity because they feel overwhelmed. We break through all that, teaching attendees simple ways to get it done. Our advice is this: “Do it now, and it will be enough.”
- Genealogy conferences or family history centers
- Service clubs such as Rotary, Exchange, or Chambers of Commerce
- Organizational teams
- Church groups
- Book Clubs and writing groups
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We also present customized workshops for organizational teams to give employees confidence to tell the story. Our founder, Rhonda Lauritzen has a business background (an MBA), has served as a corporate CEO and Vice President of a technical college and has worked extensively with education and nonprofit groups.
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