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Writing



Write Your Novel or Short Story (without getting stuck)
Learn how to finish your story (even one you've been working on for years), one step at a time, by FIRST paying attention to the basics, such as character creation, scene development, and plot. Avoid the most common mistake - jumping in at page one with no real idea who your characters are, how your story will develop, or even how it will end by getting to know all your major and minor characters, and all the main conflicts and actions of your story ahead of time. Prior students are welcome to attend in order to continue developing various aspects of their writing.
Instructor Michael Canavan is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories, and nearly a dozen nonfiction books who has taught creative writing in CT, MA, and NY. He is also a graphic artist and musician.

6 Sessions $ 128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 96)
Thur., 9/27; 10/4, 11, 18, 25 & 11/1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School



Striking the Right Tone With Your Novel or Short Story
Even when your novel or short story is well along (or even close to complete), with strongly-defined characters, well-developed scenes, and a clear plot, the overall tone still might not feel right to you. The most important question for an author is always, what do you want your readers to feel when they’ve read what you’ve written?  If, after laying out your story clearly, you feel it won’t elicit the intended feeling from your readers, there is plenty to look at in the main conflicts and actions, as well as interactions between characters, to create the feeling you want. Instructor Michael Canavan is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories, and nearly a dozen nonfiction books who has taught creative writing in CT, MA, and NY. He is also a graphic artist and musician.

5 Sessions $ 109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 82)
Thur., 11/8, 15, 29; 12/6 & 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School



Genealogy ~ Scroll down for French and German Genealogy and Genealogy Publishing


Genealogy for Beginners
The primary goal of this two-part class is for you to learn how to organize your family facts into a tree and to learn much more by using mostly free sites on the internet.  Various topics will be studied including the United States census, military, land, and immigration records.  A brief introduction to finding records outside the USA and about how DNA is used in genealogy will be included. Taught by Eileen Burton. Eileen Burton has been involved in genealogy as a serious hobby for over 10 years. Her research led to a trip to Germany to visit the villages of her ancestors. Class Limit 7.

2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Thur., 11/8 & 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change


Genealogy Publishing Made Simple ~
How to Turn Your Genealogy Findings into an Exciting Book

Shelley Lowell, an award-winning book designer with 5 decades of experience, will take the mystery out of creating a family history book as she shares step-by-step instructions on how to prepare genealogy material for a book. In her talk, you will learn:
• How to organize your genealogy findings, photos, certificates, news articles, family stories, family chart and more
• How to prepare images for the best reproduction quality
• How to write an introduction and conclusion for your book
• How to prepare information for a family chart
• Printing options and cost factors.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Thur., 11/29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.;
Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change


French and French Canadian Genealogy
If you are a descendant of French or French Canadian ancestors, you are fortunate to have ancestors among the best documented people in the world. This workshop focuses on resources available on-line to help you trace your family history in France and in the French Canadian Province of Quebec and highlights the commonality between French and French Canadian church records. The French genealogy section details what vital, census and military records are available from the French archives and how these data bases can be accessed. The French Canadian genealogy section lays out on-line resources available for the region of Quebec covering the work of earlier genealogists such as Joseph Drouin and Rev. Cyprien Tanguay, the Canadian archives census records and the Quebec notarial records. Specific techniques and challenges of French Canadian genealogy such as “dit-names” are also discussed. Instructor Francoise Lampe has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the US and abroad. Her areas of expertise are US, French and German genealogy.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Postponed to Winter 2019. Pleasae call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for dates.



German Genealogy
This workshop focuses on US and German on-line resources available to locate German ancestors and on how to overcome the challenges unique to German genealogy. The course includes a discussion of German history and geography, immigration and emigration of ethnic Germans, church and civil records, given and family names, gothic script and how to use use maps and gazetteers to locate the German village of origin. Besides vital and census records, other sources of information such as passenger lists, city directories and newspapers are also discussed. Instructor Francoise Lampe has extensive experience doing genealogical research in the US and abroad. Her areas of expertise are US, French and German genealogy.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Postponed to Winter 2019. Pleasae call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for dates.