“But there are those stories that I have only heard whispered close, mouth to ear, …”
I’ve always wanted to delve into my family’s past and uncover the stories I know lie in wait. Some stories come to mind easily; they are alive in my heart and mind.
But there are those stories that I have only heard whispered close, mouth to ear, when I was young — they are the stories I want to uncover.
These are the stories many of us want to uncover.
In my Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History workshop, these are the stories that tug at the participants’ heart strings.
Here is a sample of some of the questions the group from Sunday’s Willy Lit Fest wanted to ask.
Family history questions
What do you remember about your last night before leaving?
I love watching you and Dad alone, tell me about how it makes you feel.
What was your first job when you left school?
What were your first impressions when you arrived?
What was life like before you left England?
Did you play sport during your teenage years?
Tell me about my cousins, aunties and uncles.
Why did you come to Australia?
Welcome to 2017 workshops!
This term, I’ll be running a series of workshops for those of you who love to write about all those great things that go on in your lives.
Join me for some good company, conversation and writing at Maribyrnong Community Centre in May, and also in June at the wonderful Willy Lit Fest #foodforthought.
Book direct with venues.
Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History
“Everyone has a story to tell, we just need to ask the right question.”
This workshop will show you how to plan, prepare and conduct an interview; gather your facts, and create the story.
Participants will learn interviewing techniques to bring their stories to life.
Participants will be able to:
- Research, prepare and plan an interview
- Create question portfolio
- Practice skills through role play
- Write a brief narrative based on class activity
- Confidence to conduct interviews
Maribyrnong Community Centre: Saturday 20 May from 10am-1pm.
Willy Lit Fest: Sunday 18 June from 10.30am-12.30pm
The Writer’s Journal
From the blank page to inspiration — get tips on how to nurture your creative seeds in this mini workshop on how to keep a writer’s journal.
This workshop will give you handy tips and ideas on how to use a writer’s notebook.
Participants will explore their imagination and create an inspiration list to assist their writing aspirations.
Maribyrnong Community Centre: Saturday 27 May from 10am-12pm.
Willy Lit Fest: Saturday 17 June from 3.30am-4.30pm
“Fill your life with stories. It’s time to start writing.”
Woman thinking and writing.
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Join me for an Introduction to Creative Life Writing six-week course at Yarraville Community Centre, commencing 20 February 2016.
Session times: Saturday 2-4pm
Book directly with YCC
“We all have a story to tell: personal stories, family histories and community events form the fabric of our lives.”
Have you always wanted to write…something, but didn’t know how or where to start? Join me for a six week ‘Introduction to Creative Live Writing’ course at Yarraville Community Centre, and discover your story.
Classes start 18 Feb, 7-9pm, $120. Bookings essential.
A story starts with one sentence…
Please visit Yarraville Community Centre.