The Oneida people have a history with writing memoirs and biographies. Some local Oneida men and women were employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Writers' Project called the Oneida Ethnological Study in 1940-1942. Some of this memoirs were published in the book, "Oneida Lives: Long-lost Voices of the Wisconsin Oneidas," by Herbert S. Lewis and L. Gordon McLester. Some other memoirs were edited by the late Amelia Cornelius and are on the tribe's website. Sign up and write your memoiors for you family and friends, and contribute to this rich history, or keep in a journal.
The Writing Memoirs Workshop will be led by Dr, Karen Welch a retired professor of English from UW-EC. People write their memoirs to preserve their family’s legacy, learn more about their ancestors, search for personal identity, gain insight into the past, and write their version of their life.
In this workshop, students will be inspired by "writing prompts," led by the instructor. Students will use the five senses to remember moments in their personal lives. Participants will begin by creating a “life map” beginning with first memories and leading up to a collection of other meaningful memories and highlight life experiences. No formal writing experience is required. Add your memoirs to your family heritage and future generations.
Dress comfortably. Students can use paper and pen/pencil, or their own laptop compturs for the writing exercises. Included in the class are: supplies and materials, and a light lunch and beverages.