Monday’s Link Roundup.

In this Monday’s Link Roundup, just for fun, take a look at Oxford dictionary shuns not so “faboosh” words. On a more erudite note, Narrative tips for nonfiction writers is a gem of practical advice.

  • Do We Tell Our Stories Differently Online Than Offline? “Back in the spring at the conference Digital Storytelling ‘10, Molly Flatt of the agency 1000Heads  looked at “look at how — and if — social media is changing the way we tell our own stories, brands tell their stories, and how the two collide.”
  • Raise Money in Memory of a Loved One With 1000Memories. “[1000Memories]lets users create a simple, yet informative page for people to come and remember a loved one…From there, users can choose to leave comments, post photos, tell stories, sign a guest book or see if any projects have been started…The projects option is one of the more fascinating aspects of 1000Memories … Creators of a page can start a project in memory of a loved one, which may range from setting up a foundation to raising money for charities.”
  • 2010 Oral History Association Annual Meeting. October 27-31, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia.  “Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation. Focusing on the themes of civil rights, human rights, immigration, and LGBT history, this year’s conference marks the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Student Movement, the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.”
  • Sources for Free Online Family and Local Histories. “I’ve listed sources with broad geographic coverage first, followed by sources focusing on a particular state or locality. Of course, this list isn’t comprehensive—libraries and societies all over the place are putting books online.”
  • Narrative tips for nonfiction writers. “I recently led a writing workshop at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, and talked to students about finding the meaning in their stories and going deep – while at the same time writing in a simple and clear way. Here are some tips.” [Thanks to Pat McNees at Writers and Editors for alerting me to this item.]
  • Oxford dictionary shuns not so “faboosh” words. “Are you a tanorexic partial to a bit of flashpacking, but hate your cankles? If you’re not lost for words already then you are either ahead of the linguistic curve or privy to the secrets of a little-known vault at the Oxford University Press.”

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