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    Thursday
    Jan282010

    Consider Forming a Memoir or Family History Writing Group

    We completed a workshop for memoirists and family historians at the Sun City Community in Lincoln Hills, California. It was a great group who made the sessions very lively and interesting for us (and we hope for themselves).
    We were excited when the participants told us that they planned to continue meeting as they worked on their respective projects.
    Creating a memoir or family history can be much easier – and more fun – if you share it with other people trying to create books of their own. Here are some tips on how to organize a writing group.
    • Decide on ground rules. Most people prefer a support group not a critique group.
    • Find a place to meet
    • Determine how often you’ll meet
    • Decide on the size group you want.
    • Invite people to join.
    • Decide on a meeting format – For example:
    15 minutes for members to raise questions / problems
    15 minutes to discuss a topic like organization, photographs or interviewing
    60 minutes for members to read from what they’re working on
    • Decide whether member reading will be voluntary or scheduled
    A writing group can give you the kind of support you need to help you to create the memoir or family history you’re dreaming of.

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