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How to write your life story? Take a class! We have spent years creating a full lineup of online and in-person classes, workshops and presentations. Here are the latest offerings to help you write a memoir, family history, or other story. 

RootsTech 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Discover your family story with interviews and sources: Rachel and Mat Trotter. PH1092, Wednesday February 26, 8:00 ap.m. 
  • Oral History for Beginners – Interviewing is Key: Traditional session format with Rhonda Lauritzen and Rachel J. Trotter, (Session ID: RT7993, Wednesday, February 26, 3:00 p.m., Room 250.)
  • Picture This – Use Photos and Graphics in your Story: Power hour format with Valerie Elkins, Rachel J. Trotter and Rhonda Lauritzen. (Session ID RT8384, Thursday February 27, 8:00 a.m. Ballroom A)
  • Discover your family story with interviews and sources: Free live stream! PH1092, Friday February 28, 8:00 a.m. 
  • Practical Tools for Family History Storytellers: Power hour format with Laura Hedgecock, Rhonda Lauritzen and Rachel J. Trotter (Session ID: RT5012, Saturday February 29, 8:00 a.m., Ballroom A)
  • Sensitive subjects – writing about the hard stuff: Traditional session with Rhonda Lauritzen and Rachel J. Trotter. (Session ID:RT8384, Saturday February 29, 3:00 p.m., Room 250)

How to write your life story – online flagship class 

  • Inspiring, bite-sized lessons and videos to guide you through the whole process of writing your life story, or that of someone you love. 
  • Self-paced course is patterned after ten hours of live instruction. Finish in a weekend, or spread over a month with exercises, templates, and loads of practical tips to help you finish. You are going to be so glad you took this class, it will save time, frustration, and help you finish. 
  • Click here to preview and watch free video lessons! 

Parts of a book – how to structure a story to captivate readers

In this delightful online mini-course you will learn a simple method to structure any story—fiction or true life, long or short. Hook readers by storyboarding emotional beats of the hero’s journey. Click here to preview.  


National Genealogical Society Annual Conference

Association of Professional Genealogists – Professional Management Conference

Rhonda has been selected to give at least one talk. Details coming soon. 

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Instructors: Rhonda Lauritzen and Rachel J. Trotter

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