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
During 2017 we are working on telling one ancestor’s or
relative’s story, or a personal memory for our own memoirs at each
meeting. “Writing Your Family’s History,” is a bit like saying you
plan on writing several very long books - it’s just too intimidating
and daunting. But taking it one ancestor, event or topic at a time
is a far more manageable goal.
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.
March 21 -
Contrast and compare how an aspect of life or an object was
different "back then" from what it is now.
April 18 - Write
a weather related storm story.
May 16 - Relate a
story that revolves around flowers and your family.
June 20 - Share
the best things about Summer when you were growing up.
July 18 -
Explore/use Google Earth and tell us what you found.
August 15 - Write
about a naughty ancestor's unacceptable behavior.
September 19 -
Write a school related story.
October 17 - Tell
us about a Halloween experience.
November 21 -
Write about an ancestor who served in the military.
December 19 -
Annual pot luck “Christmas Talk Fest.” Bring something delicious
using a recipe from the past. We'll also brainstorm writing
topics for 2018.
Announcing the WMGS 2017 Writing
~ A Sense of Place ~
Location, Location, Location. Our ancestors moved, settled and moved
again. Place often determines occupation, educational opportunities,
and even the materials used in building a home. For the 2017 WMGS
Writing Contest, entries should focus on the Great Lakes Region
(Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio,
Ontario, and Pennsylvania).
We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2017
writing contest! Entries will be accepted between January 1 &
March 30, 2017. Start your project now! Full rules and entry
information can be found on the
printable form HERE.