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Memoir Challenge

Corinth Historical Society’s Write Your Own Memoir Challenge

How many times have you thought to yourself, while listening to others speak, that some people’s memories seem more interesting than those you cherish?  As we have worked through the history of Corinth, we have learned how important the seemingly unimportant details really are.  Don’t be shy–if it is important to you, it will be gold to future generations simply because you took the time to write it all down.  What do you say?  Will you join the Corinth Historical Society Write Your Own Memoir Challenge?!

How does the Write Your Own Memoir Challenge work?

Any one can participate in this challenge.  It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are.  There are no page limits or topic restrictions.  Write as little or as much as you like.  Whether it be on an old legal pad, on the computer, or even on the back of old envelopes, you can write whatever you like.  Even better would be if you could convince others to write along with you and share.  In this case, for example, if you got several people to agree to write on the same topic and share, like a once-a-month club, you could build a family and friend’s memory book that will be fun to read even years from now.

 

The Corinth Historical Society, whose mission it is to collect and preserve the material culture and history of the Town of Corinth, Maine, will gladly store a copy of your writings in our archives.  What better way could you help us in saving our community’s heritage than by taking a very personal role in telling the story of our common past?  Contact our historian, jamesrwilson@charter.net , if you would like some help getting started or just start writing and submit your work for preservation at the Corinth Historical Society, P.O. Box 541, Corinth, Maine  04427.

Where do I start?

You could choose to write down memories as they come, or try to give your work some structure based on the time line of your own life.  There is also a really good book to give you ideas of what to talk about:  Recording your Family History by William Fletcher. It is broken down by themes and offers good writing prompts if you can’t come up with ideas.  Or you could choose to write on topics that seemingly wouldn’t interest anyone until you discover that what you are writing recounts the path you took to make you the person you are today.

Go ahead and start writing… here are some ideas to get you started!  (List adapted from “Thinking About Memoir” by Abigail Thomas)

Write two pages of apologies

Write two pages of instructions to the child you once were

Write two pages in which something is broken

Write two pages about and unwelcome surprise

Write two pages about a jinx

Write two pages in which something is too small

Write two pages about a proposal of marriage

Write two pages in which you do something wrong you do not regret

Write two pages about an untrainable animal

Write two pages that take place in the woods

Write two pages in which you were unmasked

Write two pages about scolding a child

Write two pages about sitting in someone’s lap

Write two pages on being too cold

Write two pages on taking your time

Write two pages about a bad haircut

Write two pages about falling asleep in the grass

Write two pages on the memory of Popsicle juice running down your sticky chin

Write two pages about the moment you knew something was over

Write two pages that end with “You can’t get away from it.”

Write two pages about something that makes you laugh every time.

Write two pages about a food you just can’t tolerate because of something awful that happened

Write two pages about where you would fly if you could

Write two pages about the softest thing

Write two pages smells that remind you of people no longer with us.

Write two pages about your treasures

Write two pages about something you wish you didn’t know

Write two pages about something you regret revealing

Corinth Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 541
Corinth, Maine 04427

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