Writing Your Family History

A Workshop with Susan Amsterdam
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 pm

Susan Amsterdam has lectured widely in the area for organizations, community schools, and libraries. When she wrote her family history in 1997 it seemed natural to turn her experience into a lecture which would give practical guidance to other people interested in preserving their own family legacy. Her lecture is not a lesson in genealogy. Instead she offers suggestions for organizing what may seem like an overwhelming mass of information obtained from many sources (she gives ideas for conducting oral histories and writing one’s own autobiography), dealing with sensitive family information, selecting the most suitable format, finding one’s authentic “voice” for narrating the story, relating the story in an interesting manner, writing the manuscript, and creating the finished book. For many years Susan Amsterdam taught English in college and business schools and has also worked as a journalist, but for the past 20 years she has been an arts administrator in Passaic County.

Edward Collier's painting 'Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board'
Edward Collier’s painting ‘Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board’