Do you want to write or capture your life stories? Have you wanted to help your parents or grandparents chronicle their life experiences? The rewards are gratifying, but the task can seem overwhelming. There’s no one way to tackle the project — and more so—not everyone is a writer.

The good news is that you can write around a theme or interest, rather than a “from the beginning of time” approach.  Do you, your parent, your grandparent  like to quilt? What if you write about the the colors and fabrics chosen, who they were  quilted with, and what became of the finished masterpiece? Do you like to cook or bake? Tell about specific recipes, when they are served, and to whom? Where did the recipe come from? A family tradition? How has it been modified over the years? Do you have a history of car/truck/tractor/airplane purchases? Tell the story of the why, when, how of these marks in your life history. Travel photo books are another medium with the simple “writing” of dates, places, companions, and perhaps motivation for selecting that specific location.

You don’t have to capture every detail of your life, but the capturing process has to be fun — or it won’t happen.

Want help in shaping these mini-stories — or embarking on a full-blown personal story? Register for the workshop below:

Naomi Gaede-Penner, local author of the non-fiction, Alaska, Prescription for Adventure series, can provide you with individualized venues for story-writing and practical tools to make the task manageable and fun. To learn more about Naomi’s published works and read sample chapters, go to Instructor Naomi Gaede-Penner

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Rate $48 R/$54 NR Day/Time W; 7-8 p.m.

Location Recreation Center 17007777 May 23 – June 13