Pre-Writing: The Childhood Memory
I. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Immerse yourself in your childhood. Go back ad imagine things that happened there. Take 10-15 minutes to list as many childhood memories as possible, both big and small. Here is a list to help you think of events: Family, Relatives, Friends, Enemies, Church/Temple, School, Yard, Pets, Vacations, Imagination, Sickness & Accidents, Celebrations (religious, birthdays, fairs), Toys, Hobbies, Games, Favorite Possession, Sports, Books, Special Places, Separations (moving, divorce, death), Something Bizarre.
II. Meet in groups to discuss your lists and have the others in your group help you narrow it down to the three most interesting topics.
III. Choose one of the memories from Part II to expand upon. Choose a memory that has a strong emotion attached (joy, pain, anger, sadness, love, embarrassment, loneliness, jealousy, exuberance, giddiness, betrayal, pride, etc.). Free-write for 10 minutes about that memory, going back to that moment as though you were there, as a kid again. Imagine the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. Stream of consciousness is OK.