Went to a training session last night on the Tapestries program, writing life stories for elderly people in a nursing home. The writing doesn’t worry me too much, but the interviews are daunting. As practice, we have to interview one of the other volunteers, preferably one we don’t know well, and write up a story for review next session. I’ve never done a face to face interview before. We’re meeting next week for coffee and life stories.
The interviews with the "elders" eventually get turned into a book they can give their families, printed and bound with pictures scanned in and a big font. We have a long list of interview questions as starters. Elizabeth Vega, the writer giving the training, is a good teacher, easy to listen to and encouraging ("it doesn’t have to be perfect!"). There may not be people ready to interview straight away, but I’ll give it a try for one person. After that, who knows?