28 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker : Dawn Parrett Thurston

Dawn Parrett Thurston's family history writing courses have been called "life changing," and "the class I've long been looking for." In the last 18 years, she has helped hundreds of students write and publish family histories at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, where she received the "Faculty Excellence Award" in 2008. Dawn's students repeatedly were awarded top prizes in writing competitions. She has also shared her expertise with students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and at national conferences, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Personal Historians, and Jamboree.

In 2007 Signature Books published her book Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read, a compilation of ideas and writing techniques she teaches in her classes. More recently, she published The Parrett Migration, a five-generation family history that John Colletta said "raises the standard for family historians who aspire to write narrative accounts of their ancestors' lives."

Dawn began researching her family lines when she was in her early twenties and has been a dedicated genealogist ever since. Raised in Orange County, where she still resides, she earned her bachelor's degree in English from UCLA and a master's in communications from Cal State University, Fullerton.

SA019 Saturday June 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Avoid These Common Family History Writing Mistakes
Some family histories read like a pedigree chart arranged into sentences. Learn techniques to breathe life into your ancestors and craft a compelling story that shows what it's like to walk in their shoes.

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