Looking for speaker topics to help your audience write their own or personal stories? Need a little help with apps or social media? Author Laura Hedgecock welcomes the opportunity to speak at your function.
Storytelling Techniques to Improve Your Family Narrative
Learn how to apply classic elements of storytelling to your family stories.
Enriching Family Narratives with Context
Are you looking to make your stories more compelling? Also known as Better Writing through Research, this talk delves into finding rich context that makes both personal and genealogical stories more intellectually and emotionally impactful, while leaving a more accurate understanding of history.
Storytelling and How to NOT Reframe the Past
Learn when revision increases accuracy and how writers can avoid unintentional reframing of historical events. This covers why truth and accuracy matter in storytelling, particularly in family storytelling; how accurate stories are compelling; and strategies to keep us as accurate as we can be.
Beyond Dry Facts: Telling the Stories of Your Ancestors
Have you researched your ancestors but don’t know how to transition from researcher to writer? Learn how to convert researched facts into compelling ancestor stories that can engage imaginations and connect hearts.
Bring Your Family Tree to Life with your Own and Family Stories
Are you interested in fleshing out the genealogical facts with your ancestors’ stories? This talk discusses breaking down the obstacles to preserving family stories and covers practical tips for impactful genealogical storytelling.
Choosing the Details: The Secret to Compelling Stories
Do your stories seem to lie flat on the page instead of bringing the characters to life? Learn how to include the right—and right amount—of details in your stories to engage hearts, curiosity, and imaginations.
Creative Storytelling Techniques Borrowed from Photography
This TED-style talk uses Laura Hedgecock’s nature photography to illustrate beginning and intermediate storytelling technique
New! From Photo Albums and Scans to Family Stories
If a photo is worth 1000 words, why aren’t all boxes of photos keeping their stories to themselves? This talk breaks down finding the stories behind all those photos.
How to Include Yourself in the Family (History) Portrait
Are you like the family snap-shooter, who seldom finds themselves in the frame of family photos? Also known as Putting the Genealogist in the Frame, this talk has down-to-earth tips and strategies on adding your own memories to the family story collection.
How to Write the Stories of Your Life
Want to leave a legacy of your memories and stories for loved ones? This talk focuses on how to start telling and preserving the episodes of your past and offers practical tips for starting and keeping up the momentum.
Group Reminiscence for Personal and Family Stories
Looking for something fun and interactive? This workshop guides participants through various brainstorming prompts. Since memories beget memories, there’s time for sharing as well.
Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life (Workshop or 3-part series)
Do you have an audience that wants to delve deeper into documenting their past? Similar to How to Write the Stories of your Life above, this interactive workshop can also work as a series.
Writing Your Family’s History (also as a 3-part series)
Do you have countless binders and folders of research and feel overwhelmed by the prospect of compiling a family history? This talk looks at practical strategies to start documenting the facts and the stories of your ancestors.
Why Genealogists Need to Tell Family Stories
This TED-esque talk illustrates how family stories can connect descendants with their ancestors. In addition to inspiration, Laura Hedgecock offers some practical strategies to get started preserving family stories.
Storytelling + Technology Speaker Topics
Practical Tools for Family History Writers
Ready to explore software tools to help you write your stories? This session will show a range of software, smartphone apps, and websites which help writers find context, come up with and develop ideas for family and ancestor stories, and hone writing skills. Participants should have some familiarity with web browsers, word processing, and smart phone apps.
Coming soon: Productivity Tools for Busy (Family History) Writers
Getting bogged down with your writing projects. This talk introduces several software and apps to increase productivity.
Coming soon: Using Scrivener to Organize and Develop Your Stories
Social Media and Blogging
Blogging for Family History
Is blogging for you? Learn how blogging can help you connect with your past as you share and collaborate with others. We’ll discuss how to choose a blogging platform, generating ideas for content, promotion, and blogging versus other writing.
How to Leverage Social Media to Accomplish your Family History Goals
(Developed with Elizabeth O’Neal) Learn simple yet effective strategies to share your family history, bust down brick walls, find cousin-collaborators, and make new genealogical discoveries via social media. We’ll also discuss the advantages (and idiosyncrasies) offered by various social media platforms.
Makeover Secrets for a More Beautiful and Functional Blog
(Developed with Elizabeth O’Neal) Learn how to tweak your society website or blog to make it more professional and visitor-friendly. Maximize your site’s reach. An outdated or difficult to navigate web design could drive potential visitors away from your great content.
Laura’s Genealogical Speakers Guild Members page includes recent engagements.