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How to Turn Your Photographs Into Memories
The Power of Stories Academy
www.powerofstories.academy
 Short piece of narrative
 Shares the story
 Photo or group of photos
 Provides more detail
 Background and context
...
How to Write
a Photo Story
in Five Easy Steps
 Consider your audience
 Yourself, children, grandchildren, descendants,
friends, co-workers, organization
 What storie...
Remember the three techniques:
1. Look with fresh eyes
2. The slow reveal
3. Eyes wide shut
Make your memory list
 Make sure it includes:
 Who
 When
 Where
 What the people are
doing, feeling, showing,
saying
 Use all five senses:...
 You have the building blocks
 Now just write
 4-6 sentences about your photo(s)
 Try to identify the heart of the sto...
 Repeat this process for other photos in your
group
 Several short narratives
 Or combine into one longer
 Narrate an ...
 Bullet Points
 Turn each memory into a complete sentence.
 Lists
 Top Ten Things I Remember about this photo
 Headli...
 Verify facts, dates etc.
 Consider your audience
 Tell the stories that are important to you
 Tell the truth
 Write ...
 Anything left out?
 Verify details
 Check for detail and sensory images
 Show don’t tell
 Choose powerful words
 Wa...
 Find a writing buddy
 In person or online
 Someone who will:
 Share in the memories
 Offer constructive feedback
 A...
 Less about content
 More about form
 Editing includes:
 Checking spelling, grammar,
punctuation
 Verifying spelling ...
 Keep going
 Combine into a longer work
 Create a family tree – with a story about
each leaf
 Copy and bind stories as...
For more helpful information about saving your
memories, visit:
www.cincinnatiseniorconnection.org
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Every Picture Tells a Story Part 2: Writing Photo Stories

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In Part 2 of Every Picture Tells a Story, we move past captions to writing the memories associated with your photos.

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Every Picture Tells a Story Part 2: Writing Photo Stories

  1. 1. How to Turn Your Photographs Into Memories The Power of Stories Academy www.powerofstories.academy
  2. 2.  Short piece of narrative  Shares the story  Photo or group of photos  Provides more detail  Background and context  Adds life experience, opinions or feelings “BUT I AM NOT A WRITER!”
  3. 3. How to Write a Photo Story in Five Easy Steps
  4. 4.  Consider your audience  Yourself, children, grandchildren, descendants, friends, co-workers, organization  What stories do you want to tell?  Your childhood, your parents’ story, your children’s childhood, special vacation, achievement, love story, family home, traditional holiday celebration  How do you want to tell them?  How honestly?  What about privacy?  What will your end product be?
  5. 5. Remember the three techniques: 1. Look with fresh eyes 2. The slow reveal 3. Eyes wide shut Make your memory list
  6. 6.  Make sure it includes:  Who  When  Where  What the people are doing, feeling, showing, saying  Use all five senses:  What did this scene look, sound, smell, taste, feel like?
  7. 7.  You have the building blocks  Now just write  4-6 sentences about your photo(s)  Try to identify the heart of the story  Consider your audience  What will matter to them  What might not be obvious to them  Be selective – you don’t have to include every memory you uncovered
  8. 8.  Repeat this process for other photos in your group  Several short narratives  Or combine into one longer  Narrate an entire scrapbook/photo album
  9. 9.  Bullet Points  Turn each memory into a complete sentence.  Lists  Top Ten Things I Remember about this photo  Headlines  Imagine a newspaper running a story about your photo(s). What would the headline be?  Dialogue  Recall or reimagine what the people in the photo are saying to each other  Poetry  Structure can make writing easier.  Try a haiku or a limerick!
  10. 10.  Verify facts, dates etc.  Consider your audience  Tell the stories that are important to you  Tell the truth  Write only what you're comfortable telling.  Think carefully before concealing or withholding.  Guard against dark motivations  But don't shy away from writing about hard times.
  11. 11.  Anything left out?  Verify details  Check for detail and sensory images  Show don’t tell  Choose powerful words  Watch for passive tense  Change out “is”, “was” “nice” “good” “Grandma’s fried chicken was good.” Vs. “Grandma’s crispy fried chicken tasted like home.”
  12. 12.  Find a writing buddy  In person or online  Someone who will:  Share in the memories  Offer constructive feedback  Ask questions when something is unclear  Tell you what to leave out/where to add more
  13. 13.  Less about content  More about form  Editing includes:  Checking spelling, grammar, punctuation  Verifying spelling of names  Rereading for style consistency  Check for flow  Eliminate redundancies, irrelevancies
  14. 14.  Keep going  Combine into a longer work  Create a family tree – with a story about each leaf  Copy and bind stories as a holiday gift  Prepare stories for school reunion, post on website/Facebook page  Read a story aloud at a family event
  15. 15. For more helpful information about saving your memories, visit: www.cincinnatiseniorconnection.org

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