Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Ridge Public Library, a free hour-long workshop on Memoir Writing
“The Building Blocks of Writing Stories” at the University of Tennessee Conferences and Non-Credit Programs. A two-part workshop from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 and May 28. The course is $79. For more information, please visit www.utnoncredit.com. The course number is 19SP293.
Why Are Our Stories Important?
Stories give us a lens through which to view the lives of other people and provide a better understanding of the humanity of our existence. In the last 100 years, think of all the changes our world has undergone and what people have seen, felt and explored. Stories show us how far we have come and how far we have to go.
We become cultural anthropologists both as writers and readers of the human experience. We realize we are not alone as we go through life’s challenges and joys. What we have to say can have a profound effect on others: encouraging, inspiring and challenging us to be the best we can be.
I have always been fascinated by people’s stories: both those that told of every day events and those that explored the extraordinary.
The young man who risked his life, fleeing East Germany swimming across a guarded river six months before the Berlin Wall fell
The young circus performer who followed his parents into the world of stilt walking
The older couple dealing with erectile dysfunction long before it was a common day discussion
Even when I wasn’t working on a story for the newspaper, I would run across people who said they’d experienced something worth writing about.
“I have story you need to write.”
My reply has always been, “You need to write your own story. You need to get it down.”
So whether you want to write your story, a story about a family member or someone else, it’s important to capture the details before they are lost. We lose stories every day, but they are worth saving.
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