Are you looking for a back-to-school project to write with your children and perhaps also with your child’s teacher? Try writing a cookbook with your kids. That way your children (or students) can learn more about nutrition while writing favorite recipes in a small cookbook than can be published online without the expense of paper.
At the same time classes in science, nutrition, or economics can learn how to substitute healthier ingredients for familiar ones, if the traditional ingredients aren’t too healthy. It’s one way to teach health science in Sacramento public schools or to write cookbooks with your kids that you can offer at fundraising events if you actually publish the cookbook or print it out from an online source or from your computer file.
If you’re interested in family history memoirs, try writing them. Better yet, let your children write their own memoirs of how they see, perceive, and interpret their parents, siblings, and older relatives from a kid’s point of view.
Members of Capitol City Young Writers meet bi-monthly during the course of the regular school year in Sacramento, CA. Check out their website if you’re interested in joining. For more help in learning to write together for entire families, check out my books, Writing What People Buy 101+ Projects That Get Results – iUniverse, or Creative Genealogy Projects Writing Salable Life Stories – iUniverse.
Regular meetings occur generally during the months of January, March, May, September and November. Subject to change based upon author and facility availability. No regular meetings are held during the months of June, July and August.
Back in March 2010, about 30 people – half of them children and half their parents – listened to two authors speak about memoirs and then practiced techniques of emotion and description at Sacramento State University campus. Check out the March 14, 2010 Sacramento Bee article about the workshop last month, “Kids write memoirs at Sac State Workshop.” The free workshop was one of five sponsored each year by the Capitol City Young Writers. The next event, in May, will focus on short story and fiction writing.
Check out what’s in store for Capitol City Young Writers next meeting. According to the Capitol City Young Writers website, these meetings are in different locations for each date they meet. The meetings are professionally taped and edited and will be available to members on the website at a future date. Each meeting will have at least one guest speaker, either a professional from the industry, a published author and/or an educator.
Guests at meetings discuss their career path and profession and authors may do a reading. Students can enhance their own writing skills by participating in a writing workshop led by an educator or author. Students are introduced to and encouraged to write in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, broadcast radio, screenplay, and more.
Meetings are taped. And in the future, when and if they receive funding, the tapes will be edited and offered in workshops online to members. Last year, the Capitol City Writers were in the beginning stages of planning a north California and a south California conference for the last year’s summer of 2010 and plannead to expand to other states. The events are open to members in grades 6 through 12.
In the future, as the organization grows, workshops will be offered to younger members. Right now, younger members can benefit from the blog and newsletter, and eventually, the taped meetings. The five annual meetings will remain without cost, and the summer conferences and workshop series will be offered at minimal cost. Children as well as older family members can now realize that every life is worth a book, a story, a novel, a play, or a memoir.
Members can apply to become an annual editor of the CCYW Youth Literary Journal and be trained by board members and professional volunteers in editing, evaluating character, plot, scene, and in critical reading, leadership, and thinking skills.
Creative genealogy writing is another avenue to explore with your family.
It’s truly intergenerational to read the writings of children, especially how they perceive growing up in their families.
You can put on your own mock TV series similar to “Who Do You Think You Are?” Children can explore their own family history and write creatively about the events, history, and mobility that their relatives experienced.
That’s why memoirs writing is a part of the human experience. It links family history, memoirs writing, anthropology, and social psychology with the universals we all have in common. It’s writing the stages of life. And every life is worth that novel that begins with a memoir, vignette, or monologue. Try writing “this is your life” type skits with your kids. If you’re going to write a book, a small child may not have a memoir to write, but a cookbook is about what food the child eats daily at home, since many people have unique ways of preparing food for a family.