I’m working hard to listen to as many sessions of Words, Words, Words as I can. I am chuckling to myself that someone who studied Latin, French and German at English “O” level and English Lit at “A” level plus acquired three tertiary qualifications and endured years of report writing for one of the largest corporations in the world, can still get so many “light bulb moments” from your talks. The grammatical structure is reasonably familiar but it is the way that you illustrate how to use different structures to such good effect that has me absolutely wrapped. Loving it!
Di Johnson, Tasmania
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Next meeting (time/date)
- Sydney: Saturday 24 September 2022, 9am
- London: Saturday 24 September 2022, 12am
- New York: Friday 23 September 2022, 7pm
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While writing a family history, I stumbled across the story of a political sex scandal in Sydney in 1829. I was up for a new challenge, so I decided to write the story as "popular history". But I’d never had any writing training and I hadn't studied history at university so I hadn’t been taught to write history in the usual dry academic way.
Astonishly, my unfinished manuscript was picked up in a matter of weeks by the first mainstream publisher I approached. Even more astonishly, they paid me a large advance for the rights to publish it
In 2006, An Irresistible Temptation: The true story of Jane New and a colonial scandal reached the bookshops. It sold thousands of copies and received critical acclaim, even from the academic history community.
The genealogical community asked me to help them write interesting family histories. And so began my journey as a professional writer and as a writing teacher.