The Write Stuff: Telling the Story

Learn the skills to finally go from blank page to shareable personal or family stories.


Build Your Skills

Learn writing skills and techniques to produce a quality personal or family history. Complete small assignments to help boost your confidence and overcome your fears and anxiety about writing.

Begin Immediately

Work at your own pace. There are no set start or end dates. Course materials are available to you immediately. Access the course materials on your own schedule.

Get Feedback

Receive constructive and helpful feedback to find your voice and improve with each assignment. Private Facebook group available.

Here's What You'll Learn

By taking this course today,  you will learn the key steps for producing a quality personal or family history narrative from outline to finished product.

No matter what your level of expertise is, you will find success.

We’ll teach you how to jumpstart a writing project through goal-setting and “storyboarding” and how to build your writing skills, and your confidence as a writer. We'll provide helpful tips, checklists, and worksheets to help keep you on track.

Through instructional videos, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, you will dig deeper each week to engage the writer within. Finally, we'll show you how to perfect the nonfiction writing techniques you can use to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

There are no start and end dates. Materials are organized into weekly lessons.

Here's the breakdown week by week:

  • Week 1 - Setting Writing Goals
  • Week 2 - Plot, Plan, and Scheme: Storyboard Your Family History Project
  • Week 3 - Tap into Family Treasures
  • Week 4 - Character Development through Oral History and Profile
  • Week 5 - Shaping Your Story Using Plot and Structure



“Your Write Stuff Seminar empowered me to write my family history. Your gentle guidance and a supportive group helped me see that I am indeed a writer! I appreciated the weekly meetings, the prompts, and the opportunity to share my work with others. And I loved exploring the variety of forms one’s family history might take. You inspired me to express myself and in so doing leave a family legacy. Thank you Lisa.” – Kathy N.

"Those who take The Write Stuff series will gain skills in writing their family history from the idea to completion. Lessons and assignments are in manageable segments; feedback is supportive. I completed a family booklet and, unexpectedly, a genealogical organization asked to reprint my work, thanks to the tools and guidance provided by the course.” - Melissa R.

"Lisa Alzo’s Write Stuff introduced me to tools I had not used before which helped in every aspect of my writing projects. One of the projects I wrote during the course received the best response thus far from my blog readers and an excerpt of the story was selected to be displayed at RootsTech 2018 as part of the CONNECT-BELONG-FAMILY-HERITAGE Photo+Story Competition. In addition to improving my genealogy blogging, I found my writing to be more clearly focused and better structured. I would highly recommend Lisa’s courses for anyone looking to go beyond just dates and facts to tell the stories of their ancestors." - Steve C.

“The Write Stuff ” has boosted my confidence as a writer. Before I joined, I was really stuck on a project I’d been working on for over two years. I couldn’t decide on the best format to use or how to cite my many, many sources properly. Through the “Intensive” I gained new skills and developed new habits which helped me break through my writer’s block. The weekly lessons kept me focused and motivated to keep working. Lisa was so helpful and responsive to my many questions. Being part of a community of fellow writers was a great experience!" – Deb H.


Say Goodbye to the Blank Page!

Click the GET STARTED TODAY button below to get the Write Stuff course now and start your writer's journey today! Learn the skills to finally go from blank page to shareable personal or family stories.


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