Writing My Family Story

Welcome to this story-writing website. It is a good place to write, share what you would like with me and/or others and learn to find a treasure in most experiences. It’s also a place to encourage others and to be encouraged.

Bringing family stories together is a little like stepping up to the table where a pot-luck meal has been set out. Different size dishes, some with meat, vegetables, pickles, etc. Even the styles of dishes offer variety.

Often a glass lid covers the content, waiting for a hungry man, woman or child to test their taste buds. So it is with family stories. Some we devour, others we look at with reserve and even to some we say, “Not interested at this time”. And that’s an alright thing to do. Why? Because pot-luck means variety and we all know it also means that there will be enough for everybody. Saying all of this, we’re never made feel that we have to taste from every dish. So it is with writing.

So what’s your story? Do you have an interesting family? Maybe an ordinary family with extraordinary experiences. Or perhaps there is one person in your family about which you would like to learn. This is a perfect place to begin the process. Would you like to join the many folks who have already stepped up to the table.

Telling Your Family Story (information and assignments) has room for you. Lessons are free, but are password protected so you will need to register. A $20 registration fee includes a critique and/or mentoring through the six week period. This will be sufficient time for you to begin your family story. The more excited you get about this project, the more stories you will think about and soon your three-ringed binder will be bulging with notes, snippets, pictures and charts.

Review from the fall 2014 session: I have just completed your 6 week course on ” writing family stories” at the senior centre in Fergus. I had never written anything before this course, but I must say I am now excited, and so passionate about the new project I have taken on. Donna, you are such an inspiration to me. I want to say a big thank you for introducing me to this new world. My only regret is that the course was only six weeks long. If ever you find yourself offering another one, I would greatly appreciate an email, and I will be there…..whether it’s at the senior centre or elsewhere. Thanks again, Sue

 Happy feasting.

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