A story is the shortest distance between two people
Follow along with the workshops;
Try out the writing exercises
Read in-progress stories;
See what participants say about the experience of writing personal stories in a group setting.
The workshops have produced some 90 autobiographical stories collected in 4 books:We Are Here; No Place Like It; Subject to Change; and Red Skirt, Blue Jeans.
Read digital versions of the first 3 books here. The stories are about moments both minute & momentous:
Stealing candy bars from the boarders in a Baltimore home;
Growing up in a Berkeley motel;
Coming home to segregated Texas after serving in WW II;
Moving inland to avoid California's Japanese-American internment camps
to public libraries
publishing neighborhood stories
The Community Memoir Project leads free memoir-writing workshops in public libraries, and collects the writing into print and digital anthologies. These books are written portraits of the neighborhoods, full of a diversity of voices and experiences.
This is what American history and culture look like from the ground up. This is how the personal becomes universal.