AfriGeneas Writers Forum
Writing Help Sites/Writing Our Stories
In Response To: Univ. of Pennsylvania's: Critical Writing ()
Thanks for these links Kathleen. If you don't mind, I would like to share with my family history writing group. Your words have sparked much excitement on so many levels.
I am so enjoying the stories written by those in my group and how so very important it is to document our past. Sometimes I get a little discouraged at not finding all I want about my family and the time constraints that do not allow for me to research as much as I would like but then I realize that I have been documenting my own life and experiences for quite some time. I have written a collection of short stories/memoir pieces of my growing up in the late 50s and 60 in Oakland, California. One has been published in a literary journal and I sent out two others to be reviewed for publication in the last month.
Tonight, a light bulb came on which made me realize that I may not have all the stories of my ancestors (that will come in time) but I am writing stories for my daughter and future generations of my immediate and expanded families that will live on. I went to a book signing tonight (Friday)to see Deborah Santana who wrote Space Between the Stars. It is her memoir and she had a happy childhood growing up in San Francisco. It hit me yes, I had a happy childhood growing up in Oakland and the stories I have written poured onto the page because of all the great memories. Oakland gets such a bad rap for high crime and unmotivated young people. I want to tell of the dreams, successes and events of another era that may inspire others. I have played around with the idea of writing to the editor of one of the African American newspapers in the area to publish some of my stories. Regina's success has given me hope that this is possible. I know this was kind of long. Thanks for letting me express my thoughts.