Memoir Workshop: One Family Story at a Time
The Most Important Thing You Can Leave Your Children Is the Story of Your Life. So few of us have taken the time to write our personal stories for future generations. Excuses about time, expertise, and self-confidence pour from our lips. That’s why I’m devoting my energies helping people to jump-start their memoirs One Story at a Time.
My next workshop is at Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA. Please join me there for two hours of of recalling and writing.
It’s the Story of Your Life!
Learn how to make … Read More
Dinner and Jacks at Angie’s, My Teenage Idol
I was a bee, crammed in a hive with incessant buzzing around me. Nana was the queen, situated in her own quiet bedroom. Mom and Dad slept in the converted living room with baby Jon’s cradle pushed up against their bed, leaving little room for their armoire doors to open. I shared a bedroom with three-year-old Michael.
Most of the time we inhabited the hive with a minimum of collisions, but sometimes it was too much for me. That’s when I would escape to visit my teenage idol, Angie, who lived with … Read More
Can You Truly Remember All the Details?
If you’ve been hesitating to write your life stories for future generations, one impediment might be a concern that you can’t remember exact details for your memoir. I doubt any of us can recall enough details about the past to create a compelling read. Adding to this uncertainty, your friends and family may have different recollections about the same incident. Let’s examine these two dilemmas.
Siblings Disagree About Memoir Details
My brother read one of my stories about a summer day in Paterson, NJ when a teenager turned on the fire hydrant … Read More
What Family Secrets Lurk in Your Closet?
We all have skeletons in our closets, but how many family secrets should our stories expose? Some are trivial secrets about family members and friends. They have little valance at this point in our lives, yet others have more consequence and might affect people who are living today. An example could be a child born “out of wedlock” generations ago. A divorce or family feud might linger in your memory. An old injury inflicted by a family member might fester and beg to be told.
Students in my memoir classes ask if they should include family secrets in their … Read More