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Preparing Your Family History for Publication: A Writing Workshop
Learn to write compelling stories about your ancestors and your research journey in this workshop focusing on good storytelling and essential writing skills.

Teresa Baer, managing editor of the Indiana Historical Society Press, will discuss the basics of writing family history. Topics will include how to get started, the importance of audience and purpose, the building blocks of effective communication, considerations of
genre and format, documentation, and illustrating your work. A public historian, author, and editor, M. Teresa Baer publishes the award-winning journal, The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections and its counterpart, Online Connections ( She is also editor in charge of books for schools and books on immigration and ethnic history among others at the IHS Press. Baer authored the booklet Indianapolis: A City of Immigrants (IHS Press, 2012), which, through generous donations, has been distributed to schools, cultural organizations, and other groups throughout central Indiana. She also compiled and edited (with Geneil Breeze) the award-winning book Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research (IHS Press, 2007); and has published numerous book chapters and magazine articles on both historical and genealogical topics. Her latest, “History at the Crossroads: What the Combined Study of Genealogy, History, Education, and Communication Can Teach Us,” was published in the fall 2020 issue of the Journal of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Baer has a bachelor’s degree focusing on global history, a certificate in international studies, and a master’s degree in comparative history from Indiana University at Indianapolis.

Apr 27, 2021 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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