Writing Your Family History

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Writing Your Family History
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Learn how to research, write, and preserve your family legacy. This panel discussion will feature brief presentations by writers who have gained a better understanding of their family history through memoir, interviews, and genealogical research. Presenters will include Afi Scruggs, Amy Breau and Mary Helen Petrus. Whether you are looking for motivation to start or instructors to help you craft the work you've already begun, this event will help you. Presented as part of "Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives in Cleveland," an event featuring Cleveland writers on the topic of immigration.

Afi Scruggs is the author of the genealogical memoir Claiming Kin: Confronting the Story of an African American Family. Her search led her from her hometown in Nashville, Tennessee, to the site of the Scruggs Farm where her ancestors were once slaves. Her journey soon becomes spiritual and emotional, forcing her not only to examine her own beliefs in the importance of family, but also her religious beliefs as she turns toward honoring her ancestors.

Amy Breau is a writer and registered nurse who earned her MFA in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Flash Fiction Review, Cleveland Magazine and on NPR. She researches and writes about family history, recently discovering that her great-grandfather was an Acadian born just outside Breau-Village, New Brunswick.

Mary Helen Petrus has published short stories in publications including Descant and the Beloit Fiction Journal, is the alum of several writing workshops convened in the Midwest, and co-convenes a writers' group in Cleveland. She has a particular interest in short forms of fiction and creative non-fiction, including memoir.

Writing Your Family History is FREE and takes place Sat. Feb. 4th from 10a-12p at Lake Erie Ink. Presented as part of our Crossing Borders: Immigration Narratives in Cleveland project.

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By: Literary Cleveland