Telling Ancestors’ Stories: writing workshop


Greene County News

YELLOW SPRINGS — Telling your Ancestors’ Stories: A Writing Workshop will be held on Thursday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. at Antioch University Midwest.

Weekly writing sessions will be held on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Antioch University Midwest is located at 900 Dayton Street.

After determining the branches of our family tree we might want to add leaves of stories about our ancestors. Did they clear and settle land? Were any of them gold rushers? Did they fight in the Civil War, or nurse its wounded? Was one a sea captain? A coal miner? Or the mother of many? What were their daily lives like?

That’s what “Telling Your Ancestors’ Stories” will be about. In this workshop we will share accounts of our ancestors’ lives, and consider how best to record them. Topics we’ll cover include:

Bringing stories to life. Creating a narrative. Organizing information. Dealing with touchy topics. In writing about our ancestors should we spill all of their beans, or just some, or none at all? Good question. Let’s talk about it. And let’s talk about what’s involved in trying to publish a family history.

Workshop leader Ralph Keyes has been teaching writing workshops for much of his 47-year writing career. He has published 16 books, including The Courage to Write and The Writer’s Book of Hope, as well as hundreds of articles.

We will have a refreshment break, to enjoy cheese and crackers, fruit and homemade cookies! There is no fee, but enrollment is limited to the first twelve who have gathered family information and are ready to write! This workshop is for those aged 60 and above.

To register for the workshop or for more information, please contact Pam Dorsten at 937-376-5486 or pam.d@gccoa.org

Story courtesy of Greene County Council on Aging.

Story courtesy of Greene County Council on Aging.