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This workshop honors those who came before you in your town. As a class project, you could publish the stories in one collection. 

Go exploring in a graveyard in your town. Find a gravestone that interests you -- maybe it's the name, or the deceased person's short or long lifespan, or a saying that is engraved on the stone.

With a goal of writing a short biographical sketch of the deceased:

  • 1. Write down all the details from the gravestone in your notebook. Take a photo of the gravestone and the graveyard.
  • 2. Do some research. Start by asking questions of family, friends, neighbors. Who was this person?
  • 3. Move on to other sources of information to fill out the story: a digital search; local historical society; library; town offices.
  • 4. Gather as much information as you can, including photos.
  • 5. Write a biographical sketch of 350-500 words and include photos of the gravestone, graveyard (and historic photos of the deceased if possible).
  • 6. If a class project, gather the stories in one collection. 

Check out this story about a graveyard from Fiona Ella: https://youngwritersproject.org/node/16687​

(Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Emily Evenson, 2014)