Believe it or not, the hardest part of doing your genealogy is not the research itself. The hardest part of your research is the actual writing of your discoveries and stories. It is a task we often keep putting on the back burner thinking that it will somehow happen magically get done! Or is it that you somehow hope that someone else will do the writing!
Sometimes what we need is a “A Little Help From Our Friends”.
The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) is about to become that “friend”.
CAGGNI is offering a new “Storyteller’s Writing Group” on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The initial program will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Please check for future program locations as they could change based on availability of meeting rooms.
All are welcome to participate. Not a member of CAGGNI? No problem. Check out the group. You might want to join based on what I am sure will be a wonderful experience!
Marti Swanson will be leading the group.
Here is some descriptive information received from CAGGNI describing the program:
This is a new group for those interested in the DOING of writing. Do you need an assigned topic? Do you need deadlines to help get you motivated? This group is dedicated to writing family stories for sharing with family members to ensure they don’t get lost.
The September topic is a memorable Christmas or other holiday. Set the scene: Who was there? When and where was the holiday celebrated?
Then tell what happened that made the day memorable. Include, where appropriate, sensory images: colors and shapes, sounds, odors, tastes (of holiday dishes), and perhaps touch details.
Be sure to tell why this day stands out in your memory. It may be because of the event itself, or perhaps something that happened later gave it extra meaning.
Print up 3 copies of your narrative for sharing with others. Your audience will have the opportunity to make suggestions for improvement as well as to enjoy your story before you share it with your family.
So sharpen your pencils and get your creative stories onto paper.
It is often with the feedback of others and the camaraderie of a group setting that you can start “doing” the writing that you have always wanted to do but just could not find a way to get yourself motivated.
Here is a link to CAGGNI part of their website describing this event:
CAGGNI 2nd Saturday – Storyteller’s Group
Give it a try.
You just might be the next published author of your family’s genealogy and stories!
Schaumburg Township District Library