Tips for Writing about Memories
Create Your Own Legacy of Memories:
Coming Soon: Treasure Chest of Memories: Create Your Own Legacy, by Laura Hedgecock (me!) is a how-to that helps hobbyists navigate memory sharing options, helping writers of any experience level to create their own legacy. Treasure Chest of Memories provides a flexible framework, with starter topics, in-depth worksheets, writing advice, and writing examples. My inspiration came from my grandmother, who shortly before her death, revealed a spiral notebook filled with a lifetime of her writings, which she called her “Treasure Chest of Memories.” Written in my grandmothers honor, this book draws from her ideas, sparking creativity as it guides, taking readers-cum-writers beyond names, dates, and images to conveying the stories of the past.
For Collecting Memories from Relatives:
The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends by Cynthia Hart and Lisa Samson (Workman, 2009, $12.95). Hart and Samson celebrate the collection of memories as a family heirloom, concentrating on soliciting oral narratives from others. Technically, this book is more about interviewing techniques, rather than writing, but you have to hear the oral history before you write about it.
Writing in the Face of Loss, Chronic Disease, or Disability
Navigating Grief is a website which provides “expertise and support” for those writing through their grief.
For getting it right, the go-to girl is Grammar Girl from Quick and Dirty Tips. Search her archives and your answer will probably be there.
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