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Is it Time to Share That Story Stuck in a Drawer?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 23, 2013


“Is it Time to Share That Story Stuck in the Drawer?” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

I recently  visited “Pencil Tips Writing Workshop” blog  and read a post entitled, “Writing Connections with Debbie Levy by Mary Quattlebaum.”  In an interview, Levy stated that something her mom had saved and brought with her as an immigrant to America, told of her days as a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany in 1930.  This reading led Levy to write a book .  Do you have a story or mementos stored away that needs sharing?  Check out this site to read about Debbie Levy’s experience.  http://tinyurl.com/m44vymc

Levy’s finished product is a historical novel in verse called The Year of Goodbyes.   

After reading this post, I was reminded of the current issue of  “Talking Story,” a quality newsletter written by Joyce Hostetter and Carol Baldwin.  Its current theme is immigration.   View it here:  http://www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/p/talking-story.html 

Learn more about these authors at their blogs.  They have discovered that items of historical  interest can be right around the corner or in their neighborhood:

http://joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com/  Joyce writes middle grade historical fiction–sometimes local community sites.  She lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Carol is writing a middle grade novel called Half Truths about local historical events that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives. http://www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/p/half-truths.html

Carol Baldwin and Joyce Hostetter also offer giveaways at Talking Story.  I just won a copy of The Amazing Harry Kelly Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow.  Lucky me!  I hope you’ll check out the great newsletter and register for future giveaways too.

Here’s another immigration resource from May 22, 2013:  On this day in history “The Great Emigration” departed for Oregon in 1843.  Learn more about it here:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/great-emigration-departs-for-oregon

Do you have an immigration story you’d like to share here?  Maybe you can turn it into a published story too!

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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6 Responses to “Is it Time to Share That Story Stuck in a Drawer?”

  1. Thanks for the great shout-outs LInda!

  2. Carol,
    You are very welcome for the shout out. Your blog and newsletter entertain, educate, and inspire me. I hope others will visit it and find my statement to be true for them as well. Thanks for being a faithful follower of “A Writer’s Playground.”

  3. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for reminding us that we have stories to tell. Some of these stories may be about immigration from another country into America.

    Celebrate you and your love of writing.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    • Joan,
      I know you did a very cool thing with a story you’ve been telling since your childhood–you published it! No sticking it in the drawer and leaving it for you. Go Joan! I’m glad you liked my reminder for others to tell their stories, whether about immigration or other topics. Thanks for your faithful following. I appreciate you!

  4. Maureen Wartski said

    A thoughtful and very interesting post. I am sure there are many stories tucked away in drawers and notebooks. Hmm. Time to look thorough MY files… 🙂

    • HI Maureen,
      Thanks for the compliment about this post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I imagine you could find something to inspire a story in those files of yours. Maybe write up a story that stems from a grandchild’s question about something spotted.

      Thanks for your friendship and your following. Love ya!

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