At Journaling for the Future: Archiving Your Story, Janice talked about the thrill of searching for archival letters and journals and the joy of discovering these historical treasures as they relate to writing biography. She discussed her own personal history of journaling and shared writing prompts to help make sense of the thoughts that are swirling around in our heads!
Prompt #1: Writing In the Present
- Imagine a situation that sends you to your journal to figure out how you feel. Or,
- You’ve just had a confrontation with someone that’s left you confused and angry. At the time, you left things unsaid. Use your journal to figure out how you feel.
Prompt #2: Writing In the Present
Put yourself in the future. You’re a historian writing about 2020. What’s an artifact in your life right now that could be valuable to a researcher in the future? Why?
Janice P. Nimura received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on The Doctors Blackwell, a New York Times bestseller published in January. Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Rumpus and LitHub, among other publications. She lives in New York and has been journaling since she was 10.
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