I’ve been spending some time with my mother lately. Well, not really my mother, but her words and thoughts from her high school diary. She wrote about her boyfriends and her courtship with Dad. She wrote about taking a cooking class and how much she hated school. It was so nice to have this, but I wanted to know more. Who was Henry? What did she like to read? Which of the 1934 movies she listed on the back pages did she like best and why? What kind of music did she listen to? What was a defining moment in her life? What did she want to do that she never was able to? What was it like raising us? The list goes on and on. I have the facts, but I would have liked to have more. Unfortunately for me, it’s too late.
I will again be teaching my Writing Your Story 5-week class beginning September 29 through the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville Indiana. Last October my “live” class was so much fun. I also taught this class online, but there is something about the “live” class dynamics that I love. It’s fun being with a group who not only share their own story (if they want to) but it’s great to see how a participant’s story will trigger another student’s memory.
This class is for anyone out there who wants to make sure their children and grandchildren won’t have unanswered questions. However, this class is not just for those who have children. Writing memoirs is for everyone. If you are in your twenties, thirties, or forties, this class will give you plenty of ideas for your personal essays while those memories are fresh!
You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy this class. Topics in this class and the memories they evoke, can be used to make scrapbook pages or even art journals. You can write as little or as much as you want. We won’t be covering those regular topics – births, vacations, or graduations since we all know those are important parts of our stories. We’ll write and talk about some of the other interesting and ordinary parts of our lives.
Here are some quotes from students of this class:
“Even though I’m a scrapbooker, I enjoyed this class. It gave me so many ideas for pages and really helped me with that journaling.” Sue
“The springboards were key in the process. They really do jump start the brain to bring up memories. You covered so much and I found I didn’t want the class to end! It has been a great class!” Sallyann M.
“The class was enlightening and fun. You gave me an opportunity to really look at things that most of us take for granted. Thank you again for a great month.” Janie
“You gave me the confidence to not just talk about, but write about my memories. Thanks for the fun class! T.M.
Don’t let your stories be lost forever. You have something to say! I sure wish Mom would have written her story for me. If you are in the Evansville Indiana area, I’d love to have you join this class.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at heartwriting at wowway.com.
Sounds like a great class, have fun teaching it! Even though she didn’t write about many things you’d like to know, having that diary of your mother’s is such a gift! How amazing to have an account of day-to-day life in the 1930s! Sometimes looking at photos from times way back they seem so remote and we forget that, although they lived in a different world than us, they probably had lives and emotions similar to us…boyfriends, school, movies 🙂
Kristina, Yes, I am lucky to have my mom’s diary. Yes, she talked about the same things we’ve talked about when we were teenagers.