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 2018 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.
January - Family
Reunion Memories - formal or informal, time of year, activities, what did you enjoy?)
February - Dealing with Michigan's winters - in the past or today
- March - Uncles and Aunts - your own memories, stories about earlier generations, how you discovered they exixted
- April - A memorable childhood friend - two or four legged
May - The most memorable times I spent with my mother
June - The most memorable times I spent with my father
July - The best places we watched fireworks
August - The best ways to keep cool in the "Dog Days of August"
September - School Rules (there are a variety of definitions for this one - have fun)
October - Autumn memories
November - Favorite places to spend the Holidays - past or present
Our traditional annual pot luck “Christmas Talk Fest.” Bring something delicious
using a recipe from the past. We'll also brainstorm writing
topics for 2019.
Announcing the WMGS 2018 Writing
~ Family Traditions ~
We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2018
writing contest! Entries will be accepted between January 1 &
March 15, 2018. Start your project now! Full rules and entry
information can be found on the
printable form HERE.