Family Folktales

Family Folktales

by Karen Pierce Gonzalez


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ISBN-13: 9780982288825
Publisher: FolkHeart Press
Publication date: 11/12/2009
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

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Family Folktales 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WordBinder More than 1 year ago
Our lives are stories made of stories: ancestor stories, environment stories, relationship stories, role stories. Many of these stories are given to us without our awareness, while others are built from our experiences. We often dream of preserving the stories we hear and love by writing them down, but the task can be overwhelming for the beginning writer. Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories, provides the encouragement and guidance to first harvest the stories of our lives then preserve them for ourselves, family, and community. Using simple folktale motifs and lists to jog the memory, Gonzalez encourages nervous writers to start small with short periods of writing that focus on the concrete: describing a family heirloom like a baseball mitt or prom gown can provide a terrific story to write and share. The workbook features: a short anthology of folktales to illustrate the method presented; a short resources section for further reading and pages for jotting down folktale ideas or to even draft stories; large font makes reading easy. This excellent companion to a memoir workshop or writing group expands folklore beyond the oral and written, and helps readers with ideas on how to share their stories through mixed media, online video clips, podcasting, and more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently had he opportunity to review the workbook "Family Folktales, Write Your Own Family Stories" written by Karen Pierce Gonzalez and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. In fact, I only received it in the mail this morning, and did not put it down until I had read it cover to cover. I am looking forward to putting the methods of folktale writing set out in this book into action. Before I received the book I was a little intimidated about the reality of writing a folktale. After all, I don't know Johnny Appleseed or anyone even remotely that famous. I don't have hours of time to dedicate to writing a folktale. After reading the workbook, I can see that it really doesn't have to be that complicated or time consuming. You don't have to know anyone famous; you just have to have a memory or story that you want to share. In her book, Karen gives you examples of ideas for you to write about. Actually for me they were more like ideas that brought back a memory. Karen, then details a method of writing that anyone can follow that only takes about 5 to 15 minutes at a time. Her book is laid out in a very simple to read and easy to understand format. Her workbook is designed so anyone from a beginner to an accomplished writer can create wonderful folktales. This book review couldn't have come at a better time for me. I was already searching for a way to capture the stories that my grandparents tell so that I can pass them on to my children. While I hope that they will be up to sharing more stories over the holidays, I already know what story I'm going to write first. I am going to write about the wedding ring that my grandfather hand crafted for my grandmother out of nickel because he was so poor that he couldn't afford to buy one and how she wore that ring proudly until it literally wore into before she ever took it off. My grandfather was shipped off to war shortly after they were married and all my grandmother had of him while he was gone was that simple nickel ring. Well, that will be the first but just typing that has sparked many other memories. I will definitely have to pick up a journal while I'm out later, so I can start recording my memories to transform into wonderful folktales that my children can pass to their children about their grandparents and great grandparents. I will be taking one of Karen's ideas about making a blog and putting it to use. With 7 children, 19 grandchildren, 36 great grand children and counting, there are so many memories that we all can share. It will be very interesting to see everyone's memories about specific events, and even everyone's fondest memory of my grandparents. And then of course, I will have to get my grandparents take on things.
GabbyLowe More than 1 year ago
The thing I remember the most about my grandmother is all the stories she would tell about our family. My great uncles were hit men for Al Capone and nothing scared them, except the headless ghost that lived in their mother's house. Then there was my great great uncle who was a priest in Italy in the late eighteen hundreds. One of the members of his congregation shot him on the alter when she found out she wasn't his only lover. I always wanted to find a way to preserve stories like these so I could pass down our colorful family history to my children. Family Folktales by Karen Gonzalez has helped to start me out on that journey. This book is a fast and easy read filled with lots of great tips and information for getting starting on writing down you families history. It provides simple writing techniques as well as how to incorporate scrapbooking into your stories. This book is a great step by step guide to capturing your families history on paper forever. If you'd like to purchase this book for yourself, visit the Folk Heart Press Bookstore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With this book, Karen really helps make the task of capturing a family memory and putting it down on paper fun and easy. There are always different stories from families you don't want to forget and you want to pass onto future generations and with "Family Folktales: Write Your Own Family Stories" anyone can do it. I recommend this book to writers, people who love to scrapbook, book clubs, parents and grandparents.