Five Generations: Collecting Family Memories
In this four-week class you’ll learn strategies for uncovering and writing short family stories that you can pass on to future generations. During the first class, we’ll talk about how passing on family history through stories strengthens our children’s resilience. Then, we’ll explore ways of organizing and researching our family “archives” for material. Each week, you’ll write at least one family story based on memory, memorabilia, photographs, history, and hearsay. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a minimum of four short, polished pieces to share. You’ll also have a structure in place to motivate you to continue collecting, constructing, and writing about family history after the class ends. Everyone (including beginners) interested in preserving their past in story is welcome. This class is held 4 Tuesdays, October 20, 27; November 3, 10; 6–7:30 pm.
About the Instructor: Melinda Ferguson Sherman was born in Ohio and lived most of her life in New York City and Long Island before moving to Charlotte two years ago. She is a writer, teacher, and––for nearly 20 years––a journal and memoir writing workshop facilitator. She has written two books of family stories for her children. Melinda has a BA from Miami University, an MA from Columbia University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Southampton. She worked as an editor at Warner, Walker, and Macmillan. Most recently, she’s served as adjunct faculty at Suffolk County (NY) Community College and Central Piedmont Community College.