Here's a chance to learn -- or polish -- the skills everyone needs to write about the historical topics they’ve always wanted. The Historic Fort Steilacoom Museum Association's Sesquicentennial Committee will host a writers' workshop from 9 to 3 p.m. on June 6 at Quarters #2, on the grounds of Western State Hospital. We will have speakers on hand to walk would-be writers like yourself through all aspects of writing and publishing history.
Here's our line up:
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ''Doing Historical Research'' -- Librarian and historian Carol Neufeld has a BA in teaching with an endorsement in library studies from Pacific Lutheran University. She is the librarian at Bethel Junior High School and a member of the association's Board of Directors. She does historical research for the Fort Steilacoom and Steilacoom Historical Museum Association. Neufeld will talk about topics linked to researching sources from where to look at your local library, to locating the right web site to footnoting the article for publication.
10:00 - 10:15 A.M. -- Coffee break
10:15 - Noon ''Writing the Monograph'' -- Pierce College English Professor Steve Jaech received his BA and master's degree from the University of Washington. He is a published poet and will talk about the writing process and provide listeners with practical lessons on how to write clearly and concisely.
Noon - 12:45 p.m. -- Lunch and roundtable discussion on historical writing. Lunch will be catered by Shirley Hainse.
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. ''Illustrating the Monograph'' -- Alan Archambault is the curator of the Fort Lewis Museum and the illustrator of several books, including his own. He learned illustrating at Rhode Island College. He will talk about the hows, whys and whens of illustrating.
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. ''Editing the Monograph'' -- Orville Stout is the owner of Media Associates, Inc., the publisher of several books and an association board member. He's a retired teacher, school principal and administrator of the media department at Pierce College. He earned a BA in Education at the University of Washington and a master's degree in Education from Central Washington University. Stout will talk about writing, editing and publishing as well as suggest topics for further study.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. ''Wrapping It Up'' -- Jerry Eckrom is a researcher in the corporate library at Weyerhaeuser, a member of many historical associations and a history writer. He wrote ''Remembered Drum,'' the story of the Puget Sound Indian War. He's currently writing a book on Henry Huggins, the last Factor at Fort Nisqually.
Admission to the workshop will cost $5 for historical association members or $10 for non-members. Registration is limited to 30 people and offered on a first come first serve basis. The registration is non-refundable and must be paid in advance.Please mail a check for your registration fee to: The Historic Fort Steilacoom Association Writers' Workshop, c/o Bo Cooper, 1210 Pierce Street, Steilacoom, Wash. 98388. Call Bo at 582-3301 if you have any further questions.
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