Close to Home: Autobiographies, Memoirs and Family Stories for Young Readers and Writers
Discovering history and our place in it begins at home, or close to home, through stories shared within families and among a widening circle of friends, neighbors, teachers and classmates. Gradually, we form a picture of who we are and how we fit into the world around us. Reading can greatly enlarge our world, providing new stories and new models to draw upon as we grow, change and begin to make our own history.
This was certainly true for young John F. Kennedy who grew up in an environment rich with family and political lore, and who loved reading personal accounts of inspiring figures from the past. As we mark JFK’s centennial this spring, join us at the Kennedy Library to explore ways that autobiography, memoirs and family stories can serve as stepping stones into history for today’s young readers and writers.
Selected speakers include Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Ralph Fletcher, Nikki Grimes, Lois Lowry, and Cindy Rivka Marshall.
To register, print and mail a copy of our registration brochure to
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
83 Beals St.
Brookline, MA 02446
8:00 Registration, book browsing
8:45 The Gift of Stories
9:00 Writing from Life
10:15 Break for conversation with colleagues and book browsing in the Museum Store
10:45 When I Was a Kid: Turning Childhood Memories into Stories and Poems
12:45 Concurrent Sessions:
A. Writing a Self-Portrait of Identity - Workshop with F. Isabel Campoy
B. Autobiography and Memoir in the Classroom - Workshop with Ralph Fletcher
C. In the Moment: Capturing a Memory through Storytelling - Workshop with Cindy Rivka Marshall
2:10 Meet the Authors:
Guest speakers discuss aspects of their work in greater depth and respond to questions from participants.
3:10 Conclusion, book signing
Last updated: April 12, 2017