I am looking forward to MBCN/SHARE’s memoir writing webinar next week.
Part One is Tuesday, February 17; Part Two follows on the next Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Both take place at from 1:30 to 2:30 PM EST. Register here: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/learn/programs/write_your_own_memoir/
Presenter Abigail Thomas has already given us a two-page “assignment”:
- Take an 10 years of your life.
- Reduce them to two pages.
- Each sentence should be only three words long.
Example: He was cute. I was clueless. It seemed right.
Thomas is famous for this exercise—read what she told Oprah’s readers here.
I know that some people don’t necessarily want to write a formal memoir but would still like to preserve some memories. Why not take a look at StoryCorps site? It offers this list of questions to help get the conversation started. Here is a video that explains how you can interview someone to preserve their story.
- Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her?
- What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
- Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
- Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
- What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
- What is your earliest memory?
- What is your favorite memory of me?
- Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind?
- Are there any funny stories or memories or characters from your life that you want to tell me about?
- What are you proudest of?
- When in life have you felt most alone?
- If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
- How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- Do you have any regrets?
- What does your future hold?
- What are your hopes for what the future holds for me? For my children?
- If this was to be our very last conversation, is there anything you’d want to say to me
- For your great great grandchildren listening to this years from now: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
- Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
- Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?
I look forward to MBCN/SHARE’s two-part webinar. Register here: Register here: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/learn/programs/write_your_own_memoir/
And, to conclude with a three-word sentence a la Abigail Lewis:
Do It Now!