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Write your Mini Memoir
3/3/2014 5:52:22 PM
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Writing short remembrances for your kids and grandkids: saving your family's heritage.
Kids communicate today by doing a flying fingers act, texting on smart phones, computers, tablets, etc. But how do they get a sense of who they are, where they came from?
Wednesday evenings during February, I taught 30 people how to write short memoirs, single-event stories of something that happened in their past: their first day at school, a Chinese funeral when a child, playing in the snow (this is an exotic experience to a Hawaii child), exploring caves with a brother behind the family property, how I met your mother, etc.
The first day of class, I read an anecdote out of my book, WHAT THE WITCH DOCTOR TAUGHT ME, then we all shared possible stories from our own lives that we might write about. I also taught them how to do a simple way of outlining to help organize their stories using circles.
Second and third class, we broke into groups of three to share our stories and make suggestions, give feedback, on them.
Fourth and last class, we read our stories to the whole class. It was delightful! Hawaii has such a wide variety of ethnicities, affording a still wider variety of experiences.
I encouraged the class to put their stories in a folder or otherwise make them attractive. One woman scanned and color-printed photos of the horse she was writing about. I made suggestions on how to use the stories: for a grandchild's eighth birthday, send them a story of when you were eight. At Christmas, send a story about a typical Christmas morning when you were a child. And so on.
Everyone seemed to have a good time!
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Write your Mini Memoir - Monday, March 03, 2014
The Story of My Story - Sunday, June 30, 2013
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Christmas Jollies - Monday, December 24, 2012
I'm So Excited! - Monday, December 03, 2012
Oops! - Sunday, October 21, 2012
Unexplored Territory - Monday, October 01, 2012
Here There Be Giants! - Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Today I Went to Prison - Sunday, September 02, 2012
You matter! - Friday, August 10, 2012
How Bad Do You Want It? - Sunday, August 05, 2012
Widen Your Contacts - Friday, July 27, 2012
Ya Gotta Love It! - Friday, July 20, 2012
Cabbage Gado-gado - Saturday, July 07, 2012
David at the Olympic Trials - Friday, June 29, 2012
Olympic track trials - Thursday, June 14, 2012
Waikiki Visitor Count - Monday, June 04, 2012
Living in Waikiki - Wednesday, May 30, 2012
How's that Again? - Saturday, November 19, 2011
Waikiki Hot Shots - Thursday, November 17, 2011