Shaping Family History Into Compelling Stories

Friday, October 26th, 10:30am-1:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Do you have family stories in your head, a few trinkets you inherited, or a box of old family photographs, letters or family documents with which you always wanted to “do something?” This workshop will explore different approaches to creating compelling stories from family history. We will study how artifacts such as letters and official documents can be used to develop a narrative, discuss different research methods, and look closely at how source material is transformed into a story. We will also practice writing short scenes and examine literary devices and structure to help shape our stories. Participants are welcome to bring artifacts and projects in progress.


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Annette Gendler
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