February 21, 2010

Family Folktales - review and giveaway

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS BENITA! (CLAIMED)

Family Folktales - Write Your Own Family Stories is a workbook by Karen Pierce Gonzalez designed to help you create a written collection of family stories in a simple and easy to learn manner. Published by Folkheart Press, this little book will have you remembering family stories and anecdotes and realizing that at last you can begin to write that family history you've always wanted to write but didn't know how to begin.

This workbook makes the process completely understandable. You don't have to be "a writer". No fancy skills or talents are required. We aren't talking Pulitzer material here, folks--just a way to pass on fond family memories so that they don't get lost in the shuffle of everyday life that carries on without them.

Our society today is based on technology. If we can't text it, tweet it, blog about it, podcast it, or update our Facebook status with it, it is generally forgotten. No longer do we have the oral (and sometimes written) histories passed down from generation to generation. And that's a real shame, too, because I'm not going to debate whether it's more important that you tweeted about your new haircut today or related a funny story about your grandfather to your granddaughter. Relative importance is for you to decide, not me.

But I have an opinion on the subject, and my opinion is that so much is being lost to the dim and misty past that should be--must be--captured and preserved, that it is an extremely worthwhile project to begin to gather these "legends" into a coherent and permanent format.

Karen Pierce Gonzalez has more than fifteen years' experience in leading writing workshops helping amateur chroniclers do just that. Family Folktales is chockfull of helpful advice and practical steps to take to get your stories down on paper. She reminds us that we aren't setting out to write the Great American Novel, nor even a formidable family historical saga, but merely retelling, with the written word, the stories that we grew up hearing, and thus preserving those stories for future generations.

Karen's easy style does much to alleviate anxiety and overcome typical roadblocks to budding family chroniclers. She does this by reminding us that family stories are folktales, short stories told for entertainment or enlightenment, for education or for honoring, for remembering and for cherishing. There is a great possibility that no one outside your own family will care much about these folktales, but to members of your family they are gold...especially to younger or future family members who probably never heard these stories before.

With the help of Family Folktales - Write Your Own Family Stories from Folkheart Press, you can at last begin that project of collecting family anecdotes and remembrances so that they are preserved for generations to come. The workbook even has space to begin to write your own stories, or at least to make notes to begin the thinking and remembering process. And Karen leads you step by step the whole way. At only $11.95 per copy, this makes a great investment for both the past and the future, and would be the ideal gift for that family historian who just doesn't know how to begin.

~~GIVEAWAY~~
Karen Pierce Gonzalez and Folkheart Press will be giving away a copy of Family Folktales - Writing Your Own Family Stories to one lucky Shady Lady blog reader! Thanks Karen and Folkheart Press!

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries, or they will not count. I check each and every entry, and if I can't verify the entry, it will be deleted from the competition before I determine the winner through Random.org so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you, otherwise the entry will not count. Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

~~Mandatory~~
In a comment below, tell me why you want to win this. Is there a particular family story you want preserved? Will you begin writing your own collection of family folktales? Or is this a gift for a beginner family historian?

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Giveaway closes midnight CST Sunday February 28, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. I will provide winner's email address, mailing address and phone number to Folkheart Press, who are responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Family Folktales - Write Your Own Family Stories gratis from Folkheart Press in exchange for providing this unbiased review of the product. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.

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26 comments:

Julie said...

What a nice giveaway :) My daughter loves to write and wants to write about our family
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Bri said...

I'd always meant to write my grandparents stories down to share with my kids and their kids, and never did. I would love to win this to write what I remember, and capture my parents stories.

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Mary T Designs said...

Family stories are so fun! You have made me think back to so many. Wow does the time fly. I need to take time to write things down. Thanks for the inspiration.

Barbara said...

my grandsons are great writers at thir young age and I think they should write a book about our family and world through their eyes

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The Spears Family said...

After of years of trying, my co-worker and her husband are finally expecting. Additionally, she has always wanted to write a book. I think this would be the perfect gift for her to share family stories and just the boost she needs to capture her exciting new adventure on paper!

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Mayra, mommy to Pooh Bear said...

I would love to write down my family's story from the time we moved to Chicago from Ecuador 9 years ago. It's been life-changing and at times tragic. My grandfather passed away and my little one didn't get to meet him. I would love to start from there.


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Winning Readings said...

My parents are missionaries, and it would be fun to document their adventures with 5 kids. My dad even worked in Bangladesh in the early 70s during the civil war there, while mom and kids were "safe" in India.

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We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/02/family-folktales.html

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of journaling although I don't do it as regularly as my grandmother did. I'd love to write some of her stories down, but need some assistance on how to start.

Wendy
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Benita said...

I love to write. I think this may assist me, inspire me, motivate me.

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Benita said...

New follower (#147)

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New email subscriber.

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Heather said...

We have a family cabin on the water in the Pacific Northwest my family has been visiting for generations. I would love to be able to write stories from the past as well as the current stories/memories I'm now making with my own kiddos!

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Cynthia said...

I would like to win this to begin collecting my own collection of family folktales and to rewrite in my own words other folktales that I'm fond of.

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I follow via google friend connect

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I follow you on twitter as THEotherCYNtwit

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I'm an email subscriber

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