11: TELL A GOOD STORY

HEATHER KW BROWN

Reading a good story is one thing. Learning to capture and write someone else’s story (well) is quite another. I’ve come to love both.

Ruminating this fact and in search of those still untold, I realized one story I’ve always wanted to research is mine. I remember bits and pieces told by family members past and present, but the need to put it all together has steadily grown. My children will miss out on generations of stories if the details aren’t saved.

To date, I’ve registered on an ancestry website and have been digging diligently. During one productive search, I stumbled upon StoryCorps, an ongoing oral history project, created by a former public radio documentary producer.

“More than chit chat, the point of StoryCorps is two people that know each other having a conversation about something that’s important to them,” said Daniel Horowitz Garcia, regional manager for StoryCorps, located inside the Atlanta History Center.

Family and friends prepare in advance, agreeing on a topic they want to record and coming up with 10 to 12 questions. The 40 minutes of raw audio from the interview booth is available on CD as well as the option of archiving it in the Library of Congress. Who would you interview? storycorps.org