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WMGS WRITERS GROUP

WMGS WRITERS GROUP

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?

Due to the pandemic it’s been over a year since the WMGS Writers Group has been able to meet. The recent ability to
get vaccinated has reduced the possibility of becoming infected or passing the virus to others, but prudent genealogists
who know how other diseases have effected the lives of their ancestors don’t want to rush things. So our plan is to wait
several months before meeting again: THE WMGS WRITERS GROUP PLANS TO MEET AUGUST 17th, THE
THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 1:30 p.m. AT THE DOMINICAN CENTER. We hope everyone who
attends will be fully vaccinated by then. However, since many of those living at the Dominican Center are elderly we may
meet outdoors. Check the WMGS homepage for updates in August to see if we might need to bring comfy outdoor
chairs. For more information on directions to the Dominican Center and to the meeting place, please call Sister Michael
Ellen Carling at 616-514-3231. The topics for the next three meetings will center around our and our nation’s experiences during the pandemic. Some suggestions to kick your brain back into writing gear are listed below you may choose
your own slant. It’s important to preserve our reactions and experiences to this momentous period in our family’s, the
nation’s and the world’s history.

Suggestions:
  •  How quarantine(s) changed my family’s life
  •  Write the history of the life of someone who died during the pandemic
  •  Life, death and boredom during a pandemic
  •  What I did during my Covid vacation
  •  Differences between the 1918 and 21st Century pandemics
  •  How the 1918 pandemic changed or effected my ancestors’ lives
  •  How the Covid 19 pandemic changed or effected my family’s lives
  •  Why reactions to the pandemic were different between rural and urban Americans. How were they the same?
  •  How our lives will be different in the future after living through Covid 19.
  •  Science and facts versus propaganda and myth: Covid 19 and politics and power
  •  The good of the many versus the good of the one.
Or use a topic that is closer to your own pandemic experiences. Some of us may have used our extended time at home to
write about other topics than Covid 19. As always, you’re welcome to come to the group to get gentle feedback and
thoughtful responses.

 

  *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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