Update on WV Childhood essay project

Last night I received the most amazing proposal for an essay — what it was like growing up thinking certain things that are very real were actually urban legends, and what it was like to negotiate growing up with that confusion.  I am inspired by the creativity and courage people have!

For anyone still wishing to joining the Essays on a West Virginia Childhood project, here is our timeline (flexible):

September 1, 2010 or sooner — share with me your proposed essay title and basic subject matter, as well as your estimated number of pages.

September 30, 2010 — share a draft of your essay (or final if you do not request any feedback).

October 15 — I’ll have feedback to anyone who requests it.

November 1 — We will make our work public.

Some ideas to consider are:

  • How was your childhood different from what you see in WV today?
  • Who were some incredible characters from your growing up?
  • How did you spend your free time as a child?
  • What role did your family members play in your life?
  • What kinds of friends did you have? Any special animals or pets?
  • What was your school experience?
  • Was there an especially difficult event or dynamic in your childhood you want to explore in writing?
  • Do you have what you might consider a uniquely WV element to your childhood, such as growing up in a coal community?
  • What about social divides — were you a have in a world of have nots, or vice versa? How did that shape who you are today?
  • How did you feel about WV growing up, and why do you think you felt that way?
  • Were there any special areas of the state you visited as a child that made a lasting impression on you?
  • What were your dreams or assumptions about the future when you were very young? Did those turn out to be on target, or different from life now?
  • What observations do you have about the children in your life now, and what they are experiencing?

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