This group meets the THIRD TUESDAY every month from 1:30 to
about 3:45 p.m. at the Dominican Center
The Writers Group holds supportive meetings for everyone who
wants to learn more about organizing and writing family history. We
take time to informally discuss questions relevant to each person’s
work, provide helpful, non-judgmental feedback on current or
on-going writing projects, discover new research techniques, and
have fun making new friends.
Genealogy is more than “names and dates.” An ancestor’s story or
a personal memory are even more fascinating and enlightening. But
some genealogists don’t know how to begin, while others just need a
deadline to kick start their creative juices. The Writers Group can
fulfill both of these needs.
STORY A MONTH
Below, you will find a number of writing ideas and prompts to
guide you in your writing. You may also pick a topic that is more
relevant to your own family history project.
PLANNING ON ATTENDING?
Those who attend are encouraged to bring several copies of a
Work-In- Progress (WIP), but it’s certainly not a requirement and
everyone is invited to participate in the discussion. Members
include those who are just starting to write and others who have
been working on their genealogy for some time. Everyone is welcome -
newbies with fresh ideas, and seasoned vets whose pens have been in
the trenches for some time.
If you plan to attend, please let Sister Michael Ellen Carling
know you will be there. Call her at 616-514-3231 (home), or
616-514-3340 (office) and her email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. This gives her an estimate of the
number of chairs to set up. She’s also the person to call if you
have any questions or need more specific directions.
January - Cars I Have Known -mine, a friend’s or the family’s
February - Non-Motorized Methods of Transportation
- March - Movie Memories
- April - Describe one of your favorite memories with, or about, your significant other or best friend.
- May - Write about a cherished family heirloom; where did it come from; why have you (or has your family) kept it?
June - What did you want to be when you grew up? Why, and what actually happened?
- 50 years ago man landed on the moon. Where were you, what did you
feel, and what do you remember? Or, what have your parents/grandparents
said about that day?
August - Foods from your childhood that you no longer eat, or that may no longer be available.
September - Memories of your favorite, or least favorite, teacher.
Describe the time before computers or other techie tools like smart
phones. How have digital innovations changed your life?
November - Describe a family favorite recipe and the story behind it or memories of cooking, serving or eating it.
December - Our traditional potluck luncheon. Bring a dish to pass and suggestions for next year’s writing topics.
Announcing the WMGS 2019 Writing
~Aunts, Uncles, & other Collateral Relatives~
We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2019
writing contest! Entries will be accepted between January 1 &
March 31, 2019. Start your project now! Full rules and entry
information can be found on the
printable form HERE.