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Sharing Family History: telling, writing

June 4 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM AEST

$2.00 – $45.00

Sharing your stories with more images and fewer words, interviewing family members or seeking more techniques for planning your writing. Join us to hear about these and other ideas about passing on your family history to a wider audience, young and old.


Writing stories for the young – Kate Simpson
Kids today love video games and CGI animations. Don’t they? Find out how to connect today’s tech-savvy kids with your family’s past through the power of story.

Hodgepodge: generational interviewing and writing – Indyana Horobin
Indyana will discuss his process for the creation of his generational auto/biographic honours project Hodgepodge. He will peruse such themes as war-writing, interviewing family, self-inclusive writing, and writing across generational gaps.

Panel: Stories with fewer words
            The shortened family book – Judy Lofthouse

            Using PowerPoint to tell family history stories – Bev Murray
             A picture can tell many stories – Pauline Williams
Panel members will introduce different approaches to using photographs and other visuals to assist their telling of family stories. Time is being set aside to answer your questions.

Creative story planning – Sharyn Merkley
Are you having trouble starting your family history story? Learn how to break that daunting task into manageable goals, using diagrams such as mind maps and topic webs. Through examples and case studies, we will explore creative alternatives to traditional chronological stories.

Hop to it! The benefits of blogging – Alex Daw
Have you ever wondered what blogging is all about?   Alex will give you an account of her blogging experiences, demonstrating the very tangible benefits to you and your research of taking the leap.

GSQ Writing Group activities            

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About the presenters:
Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson is a picture book author, podcast host and incurable bookworm. She loves books about girls who march to the beat of their own drum and about women who change the world. She is the great-granddaughter of Sister Alice Ross-King – later Major Alice Appleford – Australia’s most decorated woman.

Indyana Horobin
Indyana Horobin is a Griffith University PhD candidate, his current project engages with the area of familial war-writing through an auto/biographic novel. He has been published in Drunken Boat and APWT’s Meridian in 2020, Griffith University’s Talent Implied 2019, and Talent Implied 2020.

Judy Lofthouse
Judy Lofthouse has been a member of the Genealogical Society since 2006 and has researched her family in Australia, England and the USA and her husband’s in England and New Zealand. Her particular skills are using computers for family history. This led to her producing photo books of her travels and now her family history.

Bev Murray
Bev Murray’s interest in pictorial presentations started nearly 30 years ago when I started making family movies. However, I have only recently begun to experiment with PowerPoint and iMovie as a way of presenting family history.

Pauline Williams
Pauline Williams, a GSQ life member, has researched her family history for over 30 years. She convenes GSQs Writing Group, writes articles, is a regular blogger for GSQ and presents courses on varied topics. Pauline holds postgraduate writing qualifications from The University of Queensland.

Sharyn Merkley
Sharyn Merkley has researched her family history for over 30 years. In 2017, as a result of her passion for social and family history, she published Brisbane Burns: How the great fires of 1864 shaped a city and its people. She contributes articles to the GSQ blog and magazine, Generation. Sharyn has completed a Diploma in Family History.

Alex Daw
Alex Daw has been a family historian for over 30 years and blogging for half that time. Before retirement, Alex was a librarian by profession. She currently coordinates Social Media for the QFHS and Acquisitions for its library.  She is also part of the #ANZAncestryTime Twitter team.

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June 4
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM AEST
$2.00 – $45.00
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QLD Australia


(07) 3349 6072
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