Jeannette Taylor (left) will reunite with fellow Quadra Islander Annette Yourk to offer a writing course focusing on family history and biography.

Five-part course can help get that writing project out of you

Get started on that languishing writing project this winter

Get started on that languishing writing project this winter with a family history and biography class at the Museum at Campbell River.

This is a repeat of a popular five-part class last winter by authors Annette Yourk and Jeanette Taylor. The new session starts on Sunday, Oct.- 6 and continues to November 10, from 1-4 p.m., with a break for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Yourk and Taylor have a lot to offer participants who want to advance their writing skills and learn the basics of historical research.

A graduate from SFU’s Writing and Publishing program, Yourk also holds an instructors’ diploma in adult education. She has many years of experience writing and editing, and has designed and taught coursework to a range of learners.

Taylor is a B.C. historian who has worked both at the BC Archives and at the Museum at Campbell River. She has four non-fiction books in print, including River City, A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands and Tidal Passages, a History of the Discovery Islands. Her current project is a history of the colonial era on Vancouver Island, told through one man’s experience.

The first run of this course filled within days. Taylor says it was very exciting to watch participants plunge into their writing projects, inspired by in-class exercises and take home assignments that dovetailed with each individual’s project.

The students appreciated the guidance, handouts and support Taylor and Yourk provided.

“Through your presentations of your own experiences,” wrote Jean Mottershead, a student from last winter’s class, “I gained new insights into writing and publishing. The whole experience was enjoyable and inspiring.”

Taylor and Yourk will touch on the full gamut of a writing project, from research and writing to self-publishing and ways to make a successful pitch to a publisher.

The fee for the class is $140. To register call the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103. Spots are limited so you’re urged to register soon.