This is one of a series of posts to let the course coordinators describe their GRIP courses to you. With registration for the six June 25-30 courses opening on Wednesday, February 22 at Noon Eastern, you won’t want to miss out on one of the courses that will have you writing by the end of the institute week.
Harold Henderson, CG, of La Porte, Indiana, and Kimberly Powell, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, each bring years of experience to “Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments.” Harold’s background in newspapers and Kimberly’s over 10-years of writing for genealogy.about.com give them unique perspectives. Their guest instructors are also well-experienced in writing and proof arguments. So what can you expect in their course? As they tell it:
“You’ve solved a great genealogy puzzle. Congratulations! Wasn’t the research fun? But…. How do you know that your evidence is strong enough? The answer is, you don’t! At least not until you write it down. This course will dig deep into the final three elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard: analysis and correlation of evidence, resolving conflicts in evidence, and writing it all up in a clear and convincing way.
The instructors in this course have faced down all of the excuses that keep us from writing. A mindset plagued with doubt is something all writers struggle with. Is what I write going to be any good? Am I going to make a fool of myself? How can I possibly organize this in a way that makes sense?
Through hands-on work and a toolbox full of techniques, we’ll teach you how to turn your jumbled thoughts and pages of notes into an easy-to-follow argument using mind maps, outlines, and other organizational tools and strategies. We’ll also dig into tools for analyzing, correlating, and presenting evidence in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. And hopefully we can help you overcome the mindset that’s keeping you from writing as well. Done is better than perfect. And even failure is a good thing, because that is when you will learn the most. The goal is for you to go home with a completed proof argument—from research notes through final edit—with the inspiration and tools you need to write more.
This is the course we would like to have taken.”
Consider taking this course when making your selection for the June GRIP week, held at La Roche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For a detailed course schedule see http://www.gripitt.org/courses/proof-arguments/