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Grand Rapids, MI
49503-3268
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WMGS WRITERS GROUP

WMGS WRITERS GROUP
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 mecarling@grdominicans.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? 

  • July - 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.  

  • October - 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 Contest

~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 downloadable and printable form HERE.

 

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  *Includes Kent County and the counties immediately surrounding; namely Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry and Allegan Counties. There is some extension beyond these counties into other areas of the Western Lower Peninsula.


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