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Whitehall group focuses on life story writing

By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 

The story could be one about the years spent fighting in World War II or an account of the holidays and family vacations.

Each person has a story to tell, and people across the region are gathering at libraries to record the stories to share with future generations through life story writing groups.

“It’s fun to be able to review your life and review all of the important events in it and to leave a legacy for your family,” said Debby Rampolla, Whitehall Public Library adult service coordinator.
The Whitehall library life story writing group, in existence for more than a year with about half a dozen members, is trying to expand, Rampolla said.

Sharon Lippincott, author of “The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing” and facilitator of the Monroeville Public Library life story writing group, will be at Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Drive, on Saturday at 10 a.m. to share techniques with participants.

Life story writing — not to be confused with memoirs or autobiographies — typically are short stories or “snapshots of life,” that allow people to write in their own style about an event or time that interests them.

“There’s no right way to do it,” Lippincott said.

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