Author Linda Weaver Clarke believes that every family has a story to tell, whether it be their ancestors' story, or their own.
"If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their heritage?" Clarke sid. "It is up to us to write these experiences down."
On Saturday at 1 p.m., Clarke will lead a free Family Legacy Workshop at the Eagle Public Library. During the two-hour workshop, Clarke will help participants turn their family histories into stories, and make ancestors come alive on paper. She will also discuss some of the most important elements of writing, including setup, characters, plot and the significance of conflict and emotion.
"This is the 'read between the dates' part of family history," said Jaci Spuhler, the local history and archives librarian for the Eagle Valley Library District. "You know birth and death dates but it's the stories that come between those dates that make our ancestors memorable. Linda is just the person to help put all of this together."
Some of Clarke's fiction work is available for check out at the Eagle Public Library. She is the author of 11 fiction novels; five historical romances and four are mystery adventures. Clarke has also written two non-fiction e-books, including "Writing Your Family Legacy," published in 2011.