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25 June 2015

Meet the Speaker: Marvin Shepherd


Writing Non-Fiction: An Informal Discussion 

Marvin Shepherd 

Thursday July 16
California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, LL2
Oakland, California 94612

Names. Dates. Facts. You’ve done the research, organized the data, and reviewed your sources. Now what? Do you ever wonder how to take all that data and write something your family will want to read? Do you wonder how to combine facts with legends in order to create an interesting article?

Meet CGS member and author, Marvin Shepherd. A retired investigative engineer, Marv is the author of 3 books for engineers and more than two hundred technical articles. During a career that spanned more than fifty years, Marv developed his writing and research skills while investigating accidents.

After his retirement in 2008, Marv started looking into the lives of interesting people and the legends surrounding those personalities. As a boy, he worked in the garden of a Eureka woman where he heard tales about her father, a Danish sea Captain. Marv discovered that the sea Captain “arrived in San Francisco on a whaling ship, just at the time that gold was discovered in 1849. Slightly later, 1850, he located the entrance to Humboldt Bay, California, settled there and became quite wealthy as a bar captain, lumberman, and rancher in Eureka.” Marv put his investigative skills to work and wrote a biography called The Sea Captain’sOdyssey. He published a second non-fiction book in 2014, A Scottish Syndicate in the Redwoods. This tale of fraud in Humboldt County was based on information he discovered while researching the sea Captain.

Marvin Shepherd will lead a casual and informative group discussion about writing non-fiction on Thursday July 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm. He will discuss how to approach the writing of non-fiction books, techniques he used, suggestions for finding facts, and looking at some unusual sources. Of course, there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

This discussion group is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at Eventbrite. The library will be open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. Feel free to come early and do some research, or bring a bagged dinner before the discussion and meet other genealogists.

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