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Essentials of Memoir Writing Songs From My Childhood

lesson 1 , Essentials of Memoir Writing , homework written by Evelyn I Ferguson Songs From My Childhood This shiny afternoon I visited a store in the town centre. When I passed the book section and stopped for a while … Continue reading

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Lesson 2, Focusing my memoir,

EXERCISE 1: Go back to your list of 10 topics from Lesson 1.  Under each topic that you wrote down, write at least 3 things related to that topic that a memoir might include. 1) My childhood visited places           … Continue reading

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Lesson 2, My First Fiance

EXERCISE 2: As fast as you can, write more things that could go into a memoir related to any of your 3 topics.    OPTIONAL EXERCISE: Write about a conversation that had an impact on your life.  Show the scene … Continue reading

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What’s a song that brings back memories for you exercise 1. My first attempt at writing anything so apologies… The room is light and airy and the windows are wide open, the breeze of the coast blows into the classroom … Continue reading

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Music-based memoir:

It’s after-lunch recess, 1972, fourth grade, the year we all got yoyos. You could bring your yoyo to school but not take out during class, and even at recess you could only use it on a designated section of the … Continue reading

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A Trip I Took

The first time I ever went to Williamsburg, VA was at the age of 20. It was a band trip with the Union City Elks Fife and Drum Corp. that I belonged to. It was a competition and muster with … Continue reading

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Lesson One – remembering the scenario around listening to a piece of music

Saturday morning, Phoebe Snow’s Poetry Man playing on a turntable as I sing along and clean the NYC apartment I still dream about almost 50 years later. A rent subsidised tenement in the upper east side, so old the wooden … Continue reading

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Half Sheets (part 2)

For Lesson 2: Moving from Chicago, IL to Alexandria, VA -segregation in 2003 -Did the Civil War end? -Race, theology, immigration, integration -If you are a member of a minority, you must work in a kitchen or a hotel. Perceptions … Continue reading

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The weekend was I can remember

The weekend was very eventful for me, That weekend like I am going to short courses  in Sydney and I got up early in the morning, Life will never be the same. I used to wake up bit late and … Continue reading

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City to Farm Girl

All of my early memories were of living in a town or city. My mother drove us for visits to her sister’s farm in Cartwright, Manitoba, Canada…just across the line from Devils Lake, Noth Dakota where we lived. The road … Continue reading

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