Get Started

This year's theme is "A Day to Remember," and getting started is easy!

  1. Pick a particular day that is special to you.
  2. Approach a partner from another generation (mother-child, student-teacher, neighbor-neighbor, etc.) to write a story about the same day of his or her life (e.g., If the day you chose were "My First Day of School," both partners would write about their first day of school).  If you don't have a partner, WRITE ANYWAY!  We will do our best to find a partner for your story.  There is no void.  The longer I write, the more I learn that every story is important and that somewhere, every story has a match.
  3. Write about your memories.  Remember that these are true stories.  Each story may be as short as you want, and no story should be longer than 1,000 words.
  4. Take a picture together if you want.
  5. Commit to sharing your stories with one another and someone else--perhaps your family on the National Day of Listening (the day after Thanksgiving) or your writing group or school class on National I Love to Write Day (November 15).
  6. If you are willing to share them with the community, sign the Submission Agreement and submit your story/stories to the Plum Library (schools and/or centers may serve as a drop off for one collection).  I will also take stories electronically at 

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