My granddaughter Jessica was the one who inspired me to write my stories. “What was life like when you were a boy, Grandpa Jerry?” she started asking me last year. “What were some favorite games you played with your friends? What did you spend your allowance on? What were your parents and grandparents like?”
As our grandchildren grow up, at some point they recognize that grandma and grandpa are real people who had their own lives. And they hunger to know more about us. Luckily for Jessica, I’m still around at 93 to tell my stories! But you don’t have to wait.
These are your stories. Your treasures.
They will capture your memories, your milestones, your feelings, to share a secret peek into your world with your own grandchildren.
There’s no right or wrong. There’s just you. Ready, set, go!
Write Your Stories is created in partnership with JCC Chicago. Each session is 6 weeks long with prompts emailed out twice a week, for a total of 12 prompts. The next session starts Memorial Day Weekend.
Here’s How it Works:
Twice a week you will receive a writing prompt. Set your timer for 10 minutes and go! Why 10 minutes? It’s an easy time commitment. For that short period of time you will write non-stop. Don’t allow any other voice in your head to derail you! If you write by hand, don’t pick your pen up from the page. Or write on your computer and never lift your fingers from the keyboard. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, just keep writing. You can edit later if you so choose. Each prompt is the beginning of the first sentence of your story. Write it down and let it flow from there.
Sample Past Prompts
- On my mother’s dresser…
- My first crush…
- The games I played…
- From my grandma’s kitchen…
- My dad got mad when I…
Link here for more past writing prompts.
You can see a sampling of some of my stories here.
Here’s how to sign up.
To participate, fill out this form. You will automatically be enrolled when our next twice weekly email series begins Memorial Day Weekend.
It doesn’t matter if call yourself a writer or this is your first venture into new territory. All you need is love for your grandchildren and family and a desire to open yourself up and invite them to enter your world. Our hope is to provide some structure and encouragement to support you in your writing during this time.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact me directly.
PS. Don’t worry about spelling!