Your Lifetime of Stories
Your Lifetime of Stories is a valuable discovery program developed by the WFSC to encourage the sharing of stories.Everyone has a story to tell and, although they are the best one to tell that story, often they are unable to master the "writing" of it. Also, most often, they fail to see the value of their own story. These are a couple of the reasons stories do not get recorded beyond the verbal stage - a person is hung up on the physical ability to put words to page and is unaware of the value that story may have to others beyond their immediate circle of family and friends. We believe the technicality of "writing" can be supported through other means, like a writers group, a compassionate helper, or learning the basics. We know everyone is not at the same level of ability when sharing stories, but everyone's story is important and deserving of being told. That's where our program comes in, because it is designed to break the recall into smaller processes - discovery, identification, exploration - all these smaller components contribute to the bigger picture.
The initial presentation is a successfull component of our program, which has now been adapted for smaller group discussion. We recently signed up a number of seniors' residences to participate in newly formed monthly "writers circles" designed to help seniors discover their memories and identify stories they want to share. Sharing your story does not mean having it published in the public arena, unless that is what you decide you want to do. Sharing is relaying your story to friends, family, and others who show a vested interest in what you have to say. Writing these stories are valuable keepsakes for children and grandchildren and great grandchildren... it provides them with tales of how you grew up, special stories of your childhood or a record of your lifetime achievements. Without story sharing, generations of history can be lost - and that is something we don't want to see happen.
Since August 2016, our program has been supported through a partnership with the Community Adult Learning & Literacy Society (CALLS) allowing us to reach out to more seniors and offer the Your Lifetime of Stories session as a foundational learning program scheduled in their residences. Our WFSC instructors visit the participants, either in a small group setting or one-on-one, to provide encouragement and direction with story discovery and sharing. To date, it has been successful in its mandate and well received by the seniors.
For more information on Your Lifetime of Stories, see the attached brochure or call our WFSC Coordinator: Beth Rowe @ 780-718-7253
YOUR LIFETIME OF STORIES - WFSC WRITERS SERIES PRESENTATION
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