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ORAL HISTORY AT BOWEN ARCHIVES

The volunteers and staff of the Bowen Island Museum and Archives have been working hard behind the scenes to organize an oral history writing workshop.

The volunteers and staff of the Bowen Island Museum and Archives have been working hard behind the scenes to organize an oral history writing workshop. Attendees of this writing workshop will learn to apply the elements of story structure to gathered memories from interviews, transcripts, and research to enhance the building of a factual family tree.

Last January, we hosted an "Oral History Workshop" with great success! Attendees of the workshop learned the art of creating oral history conversations. In keeping with this theme, we will be hosting "Oral History Tools to Write like a Truth Sleuth" on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1 to 4 p.m. and we invite the public to join us. This workshop will be led by Patricia Koretchuk, author of "Chasing the Comet: A Scottish-Canadian Life". Koretchuk believes the writing of oral history is a magic collaboration that transforms private, personal oral stories into an accessible published works. Her goals are to entrance and educate her readers through interviewing and writing about "ordinary" people. She builds, using the elements of story to construct oral memoirs. She researches interview information, checking facts, times and settings, detecting missing elements. She probes informants to reveal commonly-shared core emotions that connect us all. She digs for unconsciously-hidden themes within lifestyles. This "Truth Sleuth" is happy that her work has helped re-create lives and times, making them accessible to all.

To attend, please pre-register at (604) 947-2655 or bihistorians@telus.net. Participation in the workshop is by donation.