Storytelling

Neighborhood Chronicles Legends & Anecdotes:
W-NW Collective Memoir Project

Calling all neighborhood scribes, wordsmiths, poets and bloggers. Come storytellers and local historians alike. Neighbors West-Northwest is hosting a neighborhood storytelling project to capture personal stories and voices of the past from local neighbors in written form.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who lives, works or visits places within the Neighbors West-Northwest boundaries can participate. We will accept work from amateur or professional writers, photographers and artists who want to share local memories.

How will the content be used?

These materials will be used to inform the local community about the past through an anthology and during walking tours were neighbors can gather to discuss community history. Additional uses are being considered.

“The Greatest Store West of Chicago” by Ron Savitt

“I recall visiting Meier & Frank department store as a child during spring trips in the 1960s when my family stopped in Portland on our way to Victoria, British Columbia. When I moved here in 2002, the startling white building in downtown was more than I remembered and more than I expected…”  Get inspired and share your memories with us!

Submission Guidelines, Instructions, Writing Prompts & More!

Click here for more information about this project, including submission guidelines, writing prompts, a map of the NWNW coalition area & more. Note that NWNW reserves the right to update our guidelines to address program needs as they arise — so be sure to check back here as the timeline moves forwards. The next submission deadline is May 15, 2014!

Storytellers

We are looking for a variety of stories from the local community. Stories must relate to at least one of the 12 neighborhoods within the Neighbors West-Northwest boundaries. Consider submitting a story about your own experiences or interviewing your friends, family and neighbors to help us capture local history from:

  • Long-time neighborhood activists and community elders to share local memories and experiences with the next generations.
  • Communities who can help illuminate the value of diversity and how the demographics of Northwest and inner Southwest Portland have changed over time.
  • Individuals with interesting experiences related to the following general topics: community building, grassroots democracy and activism, livability, sustainability, and/or equity. This includes issues currently addressed by neighborhood associations.

For more information, contact Angela, 503 823-4211.