Announcing the “Sharing Our Stories Project”
Dear WWVT Blog readers:
Hello! Welcome to this month’s blog. My dear grand-daughter Vv and I are excited to be collaborating on a new project. As the calendar turns to January 2021, we are delighted to announce that the blog is about to take a turn in a different direction. During 2020, we enjoyed sharing the “Simple Gifts of Gentle Yoga” each month; however, we decided it was time to bring in some other perspectives and share the work of writing each month. After some thought and discussion, we decided it would be interesting and fun to be able to feature some of the stories of our amazing and strong women friends and girl-friends. We began contacting some of the women and girls in our lives and asking them to consider writing guest posts on the blog. We asked them to consider sharing their stories, art, and more about their experience being daughters, granddaughters, mothers, and grandmothers. We were thrilled with the quick and enthusiastic response we received and are now ready to launch this fun project.
We are very happy to announce that each month, beginning in February, a WISEWOMAN or WISEGIRL we know will be sharing her story here at wisewomenvt.com/blog. We are sure that 2021’s eleven shared stories will be as smart and interesting as the smart and interesting women writing them. We are giving our guest authors quite a bit of room to decide what they want to share and how they want to share it. We are hoping that after you read the instructions (below) that you might consider doing a story! We have just a few slots remaining for stories, so if you’d like to be a guest writer, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to schedule a month for a story.
Our only instructions to our writers were these:
Please send us your story about your experience as a daughter, grand-daughter, mother or grandmother. You can choose one of these roles to write about or you may want to share your experience in more than one of the roles. You may want to talk about what it was like to be your mother’s daughter. Maybe that was a gift or a nightmare. Or you might write about how you didn’t really know your grandmother, but wish that you did. If you didn’t know your biological grandmother, maybe another amazing woman provided grandmothering to you. Maybe you want to talk about the joys and challenges of being a mother, both in the past and in the present. Or maybe you want to describe how being a grandmother changed your whole sense of yourself and made you revisit your relationship with your own grandmother. You can include photos, poems, art work, or anything you like to describe your experience and your feelings. We understand that each of us has her own unique experiences and it is important that you share yours as only you can share it. You may be an experienced writer or someone who feels like writing for a blog is just exactly the kind of new stretch and challenge you need in 2021. Maybe your story will be happy or sad or funny. Maybe it will be surprising or scary. Maybe it will be calming or worrying. Maybe it will be a way to share a significant learning you made about yourself and other important women in your life. Or maybe it will be a way to share some uncertainty you are still trying to untangle. Whatever your story is, we know it will be something only you can share. And we know that the WISEWOMAN or WISEGIRL inside you is working on a way to better understand and share what you need to understand and share as you work your way through writing your story. Stories should be between 1500 and 4000 words and should be submitted in a word document by the 5th of the month your story will appear in the blog. Thank you so much for your willingness to contribute to the “Sharing Our Stories” Project.
Watch for the stories to start appearing in February!
The writers have their instructions and their writing begins. We anxiously await the shared stories we are about to read together. We hope you will enjoy this year of stories from WISEWOMEN and WISEGIRLS.
Carol and Vv