My Words Are Gonna Linger – Personal Histories

It’s one of my new writing interests, and something I’ve almost always been fascinated by (my uncle once told me I was born a genealogist) — I’m starting to write personal and family histories for people, in order to help preserve some of the great stories people carry around with them.

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I have joined the Association of Personal Historians, which recently launched an anthology of 49 true stories out into the world. From the My Words Are Gonna Linger press release:

New anthology captures stories from real life, told in the authentic voices of the storyteller

TAMPA, FLA February 12, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — The passion for sharing personal stories is not only the most powerful way to pass on the experiences, wisdom and voices of one generation to the next—it’s an expression of a deep human need to shout to the future, “Do not forget me! I was here!”

A new anthology, My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History, celebrates the preservation of stories to ensure that our eyewitness accounts of history endure. Available February 1 from Personal History Press, the publishing arm of the Association of Personal Historians, the book differs from other anthologies by providing insight into the memoir-writing process and practical tips on how to start writing your own or someone else’s life story. Read more.

I have been hearing about this book and I’m eager to get my own copy. I thought I’d let you know about it, too.

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4 Comments

  1. Leslie, what a great idea!

    I have already lost family members that my children and grandchildren will never know. Once I am gone, their stories will be gone too if I do not document them, as will many of my own. These are precious stories for the future generations and the world at large in some cases.

    Bravo for you.

    ~devany

  2. punafish

    Hey, great blog Leslie. Glad I found it (thanks to Damon).

    I grew up in a family of storytellers (it’s the Irish blarney 🙂 Telling stories is such a powerful way to communicate. It all begins with telling personal stories–and I love doing that–but it’s so important to capture stories about loved ones as well. You just inspired some ideas for future posts.

    Aloha,

    Tim
    japaninsight.wordpress.com

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