Writing Life Stories Session III: May 19, 2015

Writing Life Stories Session III May 19, 2015 We had a couple newcomers to Session III and we welcome them wholeheartedly. There’s always so much we don’t have time for, even though each session lasts two hours. This week I spoke about the relationship we build with our readers. How do we connect with them? We allow them to share what we’ve experienced by taking them with us, taking care to show, and not tell. Isn’t it strange that we, as writers, best tell our tales by showing and not telling? To some readers, it might sound strange for me … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session III: May 19, 2015

Cougar Tales Part Two

Grandpa Stuart’s Cougar Tales as told by Grandma Williams (my mom,) and me During the years my mom was growing up, not only did Grandpa Stuart, her daddy, work for Pepsi Cola, have two bands, (The Sagebrush Rambler’s and Tommy Stuart’s Lucky Five,) and his own radio program, he also had the only sawmill in Twin Falls, Idaho for many years. He bought the sawmill with the money he had saved from working for Pepsi when my mom was about 13 or 14. He’d go up with some other men, log, and bring the timber back down to Twin to … Continue reading Cougar Tales Part Two

Writing Life Stories Session II

Writing Life Stories Session II May 12, 2015 class–This past week we warmed up on colorful writing techniques such as writing in the active voice and using verbs that pop in order to help us stay away from those pesky adverbs. We also covered ways that we can write our life stories that allow us to take the reader with us on our journey to our conclusions instead of writing as if we were preaching to them or simply telling them the facts about an experience. In writer-lingo, that’s showing and not telling our stories. I used an example taken … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II

Gitchie Goomie

Gitchie Goomie by Lenee Cobb This story is an excerpt of Moonwalks and Unknowns. Port Williams Beach 1991 Tonight the moon is full and I cannot sleep. It is so beautiful and inviting outside. Time to hunt or hide. Time to ponder upon the ancients. Manganese blues, crystal stars, and unicorns. When youth is restored through wonder, and age is measured in memory. The thrill of being alive to wonder. The dare of present Unknowns. It is early spring. I am thirty-four and my brother Tom has come to visit. Port Williams Beach lies on the western shores of Sequim … Continue reading Gitchie Goomie

Writing 101: Aftermath

Writing 101: Aftermath I have not had a chance to meet you all yet and I am truly going to miss that . . . I haven’t had a chance to figure out how to find new bloggers like myself on WordPress . . . I only see people I already follow or Fresh pressed people, where I thought anyone who freshly posted something would show up at, but I guess not. I’m afraid of loosing my opportunity to meet you all. I sure hope to meet you all somehow. I went ahead and tagged this post Writing 101 with … Continue reading Writing 101: Aftermath

Life Stories Class in Session May 2015

Class is in Session May 5th, 2015 Spring is a great time of year to begin new projects and writing our life stories should be one. This last Tuesday marked the beginning for the latest Writing Life Stories class sessions I’m giving at Shipley Center in Sequim. It certainly is good to meet you all. We learned a bit about each other and I spoke about writing being a process and a discipline. I also spoke about the reasons why we write. As we write, we should bear in mind these questions: What do we want to tell? Why do … Continue reading Life Stories Class in Session May 2015