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Pay Attention to Your Fairy Godmother -- a workshop with Jerrie Hurd

August 18, 2013

Tags: Jerrie Hurd, family stories, generations, memoir, fairy tales, central narrative, fiction, nonfiction, Avocato Sisterhood, Marj Hahne, intergenerational, interviews

Whether you're working on a novel, a memoir, a family history project, or "just" an honest exploration of your life, Jerrie Hurd's thoughts on why, not how, to collect family stories are pure gold.

The family stories Jerrie asks us to identify are those that told and retold at family gatherings, the kind of stories that are passed down through generations. Some of those stories might fall into the "shut the door" category. Once you've identified your story, Jerrie's deceptively simple questions about the point of view of the storyteller can crack the secret code. Using examples from her own family, Jerrie showed how the power of a story can shift. As Jerrie says, "Every story is somebody's version of what happened." And, "There's an element of truth that goes deeper than the facts." I could see healing potential when she said, "There is value in being able to see that there is another version."

Though I had signed up to participate in the workshop, computer problems made that impossible. Fortunately, I could listen to a recording. The online workshop was made possible via The Avocado Sisterhood created by Marj Hahne. You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheAvocadoSisterhood

See www.jerriehurd.com for more info about the "why to" not "how to" book she just finished on this important subject. I can't wait for it to find a publisher!

You're welcome to stop by my Facebook page, too: http://www.facebook.com/ZitaChristian


  1. August 18, 2013 10:35 PM EDT
    Just checking out your blog
    - Laurie
  2. August 21, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
    I'm so pleased to have a fellow wanderer enter the forest of family stories. Great adventure! Most of us don't realize how important these stories are. We expect our live to turn out like the stories we hear and the ones we hear most often are usually those family stories.
    - Jerrie Hurd
  3. August 21, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
    Jerrie, in astrology there's an area of a person's natal chart often referred to as "the house of self-undoing." Planets in that area speak to the fears, beliefs, stories that operate behind the scenes of a person's life until light enters and the hidden gifts can be claimed. Have you ever discussed your work with an experienced astrologer? I;m not such an experienced astrologer but I see rich connections.
    - Zita Christian