Whether you're a writer or non-writer, writing memoir or fiction, these creative writing prompts will suggest ways of turning the family album into a rich collection of stories. Write about grandparents and cousins, parents, siblings from an older generation, family journeys and family secrets.
The creative writing prompts on this Writing Map are inspired by Sergei Dovatov's book of bustling and tender family stories, Ours.
We're all part of a family, and each family is made up of more than one family. We are our story and the stories of those who raised us, made us and came before us. Those stories are in our DNA; as writers, it's our job to record them and our project to shape them into dramatic and memorable narratives.
Writing the Family Album will inspire you to write creatively about the stories we tell and have been told about our families, and the stories we imagine about the families we (and the characters we create) are from.
The Writing Map is devised and written by Shaun Levin with illustrations by Daniel Padure and Stephen Longwill. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 120gsm recycled paper in England.